Erosion: Snowmelt

Authored by: Donald K. McCool

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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In many areas of the world, winter hydrology is an important part of the annual erosion process; in some regions it is the primary cause of erosion. This entry considers winter processes to include a range of conditions from those where the soil freezes and thaws diurnally and is subjected mainly to rainfall to those where the soil remains frozen for several months and precipitation occurs as snow or in other solid form during all or part of the winter season.

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