snowflush

snowflush

[′snō‚fləsh]
(geology)
An accumulation of drifted snow, windblown soil, and wind-transported seeds on a lee slope, characteristically marked during the winter by a dark patch of soil.
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TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 4 OMITTED] Vascular plant cover in our upland Devon Island study sites never exceeded 22% (even in the species-rich snowflush area) and was usually much less than 10%.
These snowflush sites receive a continuing water supply from melting snow for a considerable time during the summer, and have well-developed cryptogamic soil crusts along with richer vascular plant communities.
Plants growing in snowflush (crusted) sites did not experience less water stress than those in barren areas.
Prolonged surface-water flow in snowflush areas provides favorable conditions for proliferation of such species.