Firn

From AMS Glossary
(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
(Created page with " {{TermHeader}} {{TermSearch}} <div class="termentry"> <div class="term"> == firn == </div> <div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">Old snow that has ...")
 
 
Line 9: Line 9:
 
   </div>
 
   </div>
  
<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">Old [[snow]] that has become granular and compacted (dense) as the result of various surface  metamorphoses, mainly melting and refreezing but also including [[sublimation]].</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">The resulting [[particles]] are generally spherical and rather uniform. Firnification, the process of  firn formation, is the first step in the transformation of snow into [[land ice]] (usually [[glacier ice]]).  Some authorities restrict the use of firn to snow that has lasted through one summer, thereby  distinguishing it from [[spring snow]]. Originally, the French term, &ldquo;n&eacute;v&eacute;,&rdquo; was equivalent to the  German term, &ldquo;firn,&rdquo; but there is a growing tendency, especially among British glaciologists, to  use &ldquo;n&eacute;v&eacute;s&rdquo; for an area of firn, that is, generally for the [[accumulation area]] above or at the head  of a [[glacier]]</div><br/> </div>
+
<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">Old [[snow]] that has become granular and compacted (dense) as the result of various surface  metamorphoses, mainly melting and refreezing but also including [[sublimation]].</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">The resulting [[particles]] are generally spherical and rather uniform. Firnification, the process of  firn formation, is the first step in the transformation of snow into [[land ice]] (usually [[glacier ice]]).  Some authorities restrict the use of firn to snow that has lasted through one summer, thereby  distinguishing it from [[spring snow]]. Originally, the French term, "n&#x000e9;v&#x000e9;," was equivalent to the  German term, "firn," but there is a growing tendency, especially among British glaciologists, to  use "n&#x000e9;v&#x000e9;s" for an area of firn, that is, generally for the [[accumulation area]] above or at the head  of a [[glacier]]</div><br/> </div>
 
</div>
 
</div>
  

Latest revision as of 16:13, 20 February 2012


[edit] firn

Old snow that has become granular and compacted (dense) as the result of various surface metamorphoses, mainly melting and refreezing but also including sublimation.

The resulting particles are generally spherical and rather uniform. Firnification, the process of firn formation, is the first step in the transformation of snow into land ice (usually glacier ice). Some authorities restrict the use of firn to snow that has lasted through one summer, thereby distinguishing it from spring snow. Originally, the French term, "névé," was equivalent to the German term, "firn," but there is a growing tendency, especially among British glaciologists, to use "névés" for an area of firn, that is, generally for the accumulation area above or at the head of a glacier

Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants