DOI: 10.1029/2004jf000178
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Abstract: [1] Fracture processes in layered snow have many implications on avalanche hazard and mountain safety. This paper is a contribution for a better understanding of fracture dynamics in a stratified medium with a collapsible layer in terms of a simple analytical model involving only field measurable parameters. For this purpose a simple three-layer snow stratification is considered to consist of a compact basal layer, a collapsible weak layer, and a homogenous top layer. It is shown analytically that the fractur…

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