Erosion: Snowmelt

Authored by: Donald K. McCool

Managing Soils and Terrestrial Systems

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342651
eBook ISBN: 9780429346255
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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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