snow crust

snow crust

[′snō ‚krəst]
(hydrology)
A crisp, firm, outer surface upon snow.
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He had broken through the melting snow crust, and wallowed, while the snowshoe rabbits had skimmed along on top lightly as ever.
We followed it on foot for a few yards, and in some spots the bear's body weight caused it to break though the snow crust.
Snow crust, crispy leaves, and dry branches all have conspired against me on various occasions.
Better news is that Cheltenham's frost covers have kept the ground raceable, albeit with a sizeable snow crust on top.
Collecting sites included shallow puddles in Ny-Alesund (78[degrees]56' N, 11[degrees]56' E), ice- and snow-fed streamlets and puddles 1 - 3 km away from Ny-Alesund, and snow crust, ice- and snow-fed streamlets and puddles on Blomstrandhalvoya Island (78[degrees]59' N, 12[degrees]03' E).
A sample of snow crust approximately 20 cm thick was collected (Fig.
Just outside my window a little black spaniel is sniffing the bright snow crust.
And as I was saying it, the snow crust beneath my feet crumbled, and I was falling into another crevasse which had been hidden without a trace a few seconds before.
In three of the kills, a snow crust allowed coyotes to travel on top, whereas elk punched through.
Watching Christian on a frozen lake, an observer is struck by just how fast he zooms across the ice and snow crust.
No abnormally deep snow or snow crusts were recorded (Environment Canada, 1998).