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Title: Scientific work of Party Crystal, 1954 : preliminary report
Authors: Benson, Carl S.
Keywords: Party Crystal
Snow surveys
Snow studies
Snow cover distribution
Snow melting
Snow mechanics
Snow physics
Research projects
Publisher: U.S. Army Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Research Establishment.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: SIPRE report ; 24.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Party Crystal, a small mobile scientific party, conducted snow studies during the summer of 1954 on the Greenland Ice Cap eastward from Thule, Greenland. Work included measurements of elevation, snow accumulation, summer melting, and snow properties. Final results of the season's work will be combined with the work of 1952 and 1953 and published at a later date. The average annual accumulation is approximately 60 cm of water equivalent for the first segment of the trail (58.5 mi); drops to 20 cm in the next 30 mi and remains low for approximately 45 mi; rises to nearly 40 cm for the next 85 mi; then decreases again to the east. Along the first 40 mi of the trail, the year's accumulation of snow becomes completely soaked during the melt season, making a very poor surface for vehicles. Beyond that point, the depth of soaking decreases rapidly. Ice masses due to percolation of melt water are very common and frequently large along the first 58.5 mi, decrease in size along the next 60 mi, and occur very infrequently farther east.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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