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What is a avalanche To most of you it is the fall of snow from the top of a slope Well you are partially right It is snow but it can also be several other things such as soil rock ice or volcanic lava Although most of the time a avalanche is snow it can be rock or soil Most avalanches occur on slopes exceeding 30 degrees Encarta 1 They are caused by temperature creeping snow or vibrations There are three main types of avalanches Walker 6-7 They are slab dry-snow and wet-snow Slab avalanches occur when a slab of packed snow or ice breaks away from the mountain side and travels down the side destroying anything in its way The aftermath of the avalanche is usually covered under snow This is because when the slab is traveling downhill it hits objects like trees and it starts to break up at the front and covers anything it passes over It also puts out a huge blast of air that can over turn cars and knock down trees According to Jane Walker a more deadly avalanche is the wet-snow avalanche 6-7 These avalanches form into huge boulders and will collect trees and other objects on the way down the hill They travel at 20 miles per hour Once at the bottom they can set as hard as cement They mostly occur in the spring in rocky areas A dry-snow avalanche is even more deadly then a wet-snow When a dry-snow avalanche occurs it mostly stays close to the ground but can swirl hundreds go feet into the air Like a slab avalanche it to puts out a blast of air but more powerful Its blast can equal hurricane forces As for where avalanches occur it can be about anywhere If you get some snow and have a slope more than 30 degrees you can have a avalanche All that is needed for a avalanche to
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