Avalanche
(944 words)

1. Introduction

An avalanche is a rapidly sliding or falling mass of snow - sometimes ice - that detaches from a steep, unforested slope and descends to the valley. The phenomenon occurs in particular in association with heavy snowfalls, a thaw, or severe drifting, but it can also be triggered by human activity. Modern research into avalanches distinguishes two fundamental types: wet avalanches and dry (powder) avalanche…

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Rohr, Christian, “Avalanche”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 26 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023179>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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