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Title: Snow densification theory and its engineering application
Authors: Waterhouse, Robert W.
Steeves, H. F.
Keywords: Snow
Snow cover
Snow density
Snow metamorphism
Snow compaction
Ice caps
Ice sheets
Publisher: U.S. Army Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Research Establishment.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Research report (U.S. Army Snow
Description: Research Report
Summary: The depth-density relationship of the surface snow to 30-ft depth at three locations on the Greenland Ice Cap east of Thule is presented. Rates of accumulation and densification deduced from the pit studies are used in elementary mathematical expressions developed in this report. These expressions describe a densification process applicable to continuously accumulating polar snow, between the depths of 10 and 40 ft. Loads, densities, and rates of densification are presented in relation to depth and time and applied to problems of undersnow military construction.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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