Live Chat: The Science of Avalanches

Carolyn is a staff writer for Science and is the editor of the In Brief section.

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It's been a deadly month for people caught in snow: Twin avalanches claimed the lives of at least 19 soldiers stationed in the Kashmir Valley last week. The weekend before, three expert skiers were buried alive by an avalanche near a Washington state ski resort. Globally, more than 150 people die in avalanches each year. What causes an avalanche? How do weather, temperature, steepness of slopes, and other factors help identify the safety of a snowpack? Are avalanches good for wildlife habitat and diversity? And will climate change impact the frequency of these disasters in future?

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