Difference between revisions of "Climate snow line"

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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' climatic snow line.) The [[altitude]] above which a flat surface (fully  exposed to sun, [[wind]], and [[precipitation]]) would experience a net [[accumulation]] of [[snow]] over an  extended period of time. Below this altitude [[ablation]] would predominate.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">While this concept is largely theoretical in application, it corresponds closely to the actual [[firn  line]] of a [[glacier]] and to the average summer position of the [[snow line]] in mountainous terrain.</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' climatic snow line.) The [[altitude]] above which a flat surface (fully  exposed to sun, [[wind]], and [[precipitation]]) would experience a net [[accumulation]] of [[snow]] over an  extended period of time. Below this altitude [[ablation]] would predominate.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">While this concept is largely theoretical in application, it corresponds closely to the actual [[firn line|firn  line]] of a [[glacier]] and to the average summer position of the [[snow line]] in mountainous terrain.</div><br/> </div>
 
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Latest revision as of 16:36, 25 April 2012



climate snow line

(Also called climatic snow line.) The altitude above which a flat surface (fully exposed to sun, wind, and precipitation) would experience a net accumulation of snow over an extended period of time. Below this altitude ablation would predominate.

While this concept is largely theoretical in application, it corresponds closely to the actual firn line of a glacier and to the average summer position of the snow line in mountainous terrain.