Avalanches Essays

  • Avalanches

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    Avalanche Testing and Safety White soft fluffy snow, hard to imagine something so innocent could be so destructive. Just picture a few tons of snow traveling down the mountain at approximately 80 miles per hour, taking down everything in its path. Avalanches have been a threat as long as there has been snow and mountains. Since I’m an avid backcountry skier it is important to learn about these life threatening snow masses. So in order to protect yourself from anything you must first learn how it

  • Physics of Avalanches

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    Avalanches kill back country recreationalists every year, including skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and snowmachiners. All back country users should have knowledge of the basic physics of avalanches to help them evaluate local and regional potential for slides. The foundation of this knowledge comes from understanding how the surrounding environmental conditions in previous weeks, previous days, and the day in question all contribute to snow stability or instability, and how specific factors affect

  • Avalanches And Landslides

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    Avalanches and Landslides OUTLINE 1. a.WHAT IS AN AVALANCHE OR LANDSLIDE? b.EXACTLY HOW DOES AN AVALANCHES OCCUR 2. a.I TALK A LITTLE ABOUT PAST AVALANCHES b.PAST DEATHS FROM AVALANCHES 3. a.CONCLUSION CLOSING OF MY REPORT What is an avalanche? , well it's a large mass of snow and ice or of earth or rock sliding down a mountain side or a cliff. And how does an avalanche occur, well mainly they happen by vibrations caused by movement of the earth such as an earthquake, gunfire

  • Avalanche Survival

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    raging avalanche. When the avalanche finally comes to a halt they are nowhere in sight. As panic begins to set in you realize there is no cell coverage, no ski patrol, or even a road within several miles. In that moment you are wondering if you will ever see your friend again, and if you do will they be alive. Every year several lives are lost in the backcountry due to avalanches. Many of those people could be alive if they had taken avalanche courses, and learned the basics behind avalanche safety

  • Management of Mass Movements

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    ================================== Managing snow avalanches ======================== Avalanche formation and their characteristics --------------------------------------------- An avalanche is a rapid movement of snow down a slope as a result of structural weakness in the snow cover on the slope. There are 3 main forms of snow avalanche with different characteristics of slope failure, flow and occurrence – loose snow, slab and slush. Slab avalanches are the most dangerous since large masses

  • Avalanche Diode: Symbol Of An Avalanche Diode

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    An avalanche diode is a special type of semiconductor device designed to operate in reverse breakdown region. Avalanche diodes are used as relief valves (a type of valve used to control the pressure in a system) to protect electrical systems from excess voltages. Construction of avalanche diode Avalanche diodes are generally made from silicon or other semiconductor materials. The construction of avalanche diode is similar to zener diode except the doping level in avalanche diode differs from zener

  • Natural Avalanches: Causes And Effects Of Avalanches

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    Avalanches Avalanches are large amounts of snow, ice, and rocks rapidly moving down a mountainside. They can have many causes, some are natural and others are artificial. Some examples of natural avalanche causes include new rain or snow; these can in fact cause a cluster of snow to suddenly dislodge and downpour on a mountainside. Earthquakes and the natural movement of animals are also known to have caused avalanches in the past. The movement of the animals or earthquakes slowly or rapidly moves

  • Physics of Glacier Flow

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    not mean that the ice will not flow! Accumulation Zone The area where inputs occur into a glacier system. This usually occurs near the top of the glacier or ice sheet and such inputs to the system include snowfall, wind blown snow, rain and avalanches. Ablation Zone The region in which more mass is lost than gained in a glacier system. This usually occurs at the end and sides of the glacier. Forms of losses include wind ablation, avalanching, iceberg calving and melting. Glaciers flow

  • GMC Avalanche Monologue

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    Pretend not to mind that he isn’t going to drive you there in his new, shiny, GMC Avalanche like everyone else's father. Instead drive your beat up, piece of crap car and be okay with it. It has been over a month now and the day that you’ve been dreaming about since you were in elementary school is finally here. You say that but you have always secretly dreaded this day because you assumed you’d be going alone. Check out of school early so that you can prepare for the night. Don’t wear your hair

  • Violence in Sports

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    contacts in sports are collisions, hits, tackles, blocks, body checks, and other forms of physical contact that can produce injuries. In the NHL a hockey player on the Vancouver Canucks named Todd Bertuzzi hit unexpectedly a player on the Colorado Avalanche named Steve Moore from behind and then fell on him and pushed his head into the ice. Steve Moore received a concussion and he was motionless for ten minutes, and also fractured three vertebrates and facial cuts on Steve Moore’s face. The commissioner

  • State Wrestling Championship

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    State Wrestling Championship All my hopes and dreams had come true. I have been wrestling since I was twelve years old. Ever since then I've been trying to accomplish my dream of going to the Colorado State Wrestling Tournament. I decided that I wanted to be a good wrestler, and I wanted to be one of the top wrestlers in the state. I knew that the only way to accomplish my goal was to start wrestling as soon as possible and never give up. The second year of high school I was given my shot

  • short narrative essay (avalanche)

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    Mountain. Unsure of his exact location, cold and growing weary he started his tedious climb up what he thought was the northern side of the peak, he was unsure how he got to where he was, but his best guess was that when he was the origin of a small avalanche. His last memory before his startling awakening in his would be snowy grave was snowboarding. It had been just after lunch and he thought he would try some new terrain. He laced up his snowshoes, and proceeded to climb to the highest point of the

  • Perseverance Amidst Avalanche: A Character Analysis

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    and almost all of them were Round characters. There were few settingings but the settings given were very descriptive. The book had lots of action in it so there were several high points in the plot. The book Avalanche showed many examples of perseverance and the dangers of an avalanche through characterization, setting, and theme. The main character of the book is Matt Ruban. He was seventeen years old, six ft. tall, and 192. Matt Ruban is a very dynamic character. At the beginning of the book

  • An Avalanche On Mount Everest At Base Camp

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    April 18, 2014 an avalanche on Mount Everest near Base Camp killed sixteen Sherpa guides. On April 20, thirteen bodies had been recovered. The search for the three remaining bodies were called off due to the difficulty and risk of retrieving them. On April 22, the Sherpas announced they would not work on Everest for the remainder of 2014 as a mark of respect for the victims. With the history of Mount Everest this has gotten the biggest impact on the vicious mountain. The Avalanche: At approximately

  • Operation Rock Avalanche Case Study

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    Salvatore Giunta and Operation Rock Avalanche On October 19, 2007 in the Korangal Valley, Kunar, Afghanistan the 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team began Operation Rock Avalanche. During the operation two Americans were killed and five were wounded. Although the operation did not have a massive impact on the War in Afghanistan it was extremely important to the Armed Services because it resulted in the first living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam

  • Wrestling Match Loss

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    Wrestling Match Loss As I crawled off of the mat in anguish, I couldn't believe that I let it happen again. My one chance to settle the score and truly prove that I was better, was gone. My coaches and friends tried to tell me how good I did and how lucky he got, but it only made the pain worse. They put into perspective exactly how close I was to beating him, and it just made me think more. Think about how this was his last year, and how I would never be able to avenge my defeat. It made me

  • Analysis Of Snow Fall: The Avalanche At Tunnel Creek

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    “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, John Branch writes about the avalanche at Tunnel Creek that affected a group of 16 skiers on February 19th 2012. Published by the New York Times, this web text is an engaging piece of writing to regular, online, New York Time readers because it displays a captivating analysis of the people affected by the avalanche and it uses computer-animated pictures to help the readers visualize the text. The readers will be enlightened about this avalanche in Washington

  • Informative Essay On Backcountry Skiing

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    Just getting the gear isn’t enough. Everyone should take an Avalanche Safety Course before entering the backcountry. Buy your gear and book a course today.” I remember seeing this commercial, from that point on, I knew I would never go into the backcountry without the right gear and training. Recently, I got my backcountry ski gear. The backcountry ski gear includes three main tools that are essential to finding someone buried in an avalanche. The first tool is the beacon. The beacon is used to get

  • The Dangers Of Climbing Research Paper

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    Over 280 people have died trying to scale the world's highest peak, Everest. Some of these bodies are at an elevation that’s too high to bring them down so they are used as waypoint. Every day of its climbing season, the death toll could rise at any moment, and the deaths could consist of a person unaware of the dangers of Everest. Here are examples of some of those dangers that could cause a climber's death and why you should not climb the massive mountain. To begin with these extreme hazards of

  • Research Paper On Mt St Helens

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    started events that were gruesome. There was a debris avalanche that is recorded as the largest in history that surged into the North Fork Toutle River valley resulting in the valley being filled up to 150 feet and hummocky deposit which consisted of volcanic debris and glacial ice. The avalanche also impacted Spirit Lake by raising its water level up to 200 feet and bottom by 295 feet. One interesting fact about this event is, “The total avalanche volume is about 2.5 km3 (3.3 billion cubic yards),