One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An avalanche formed by a sheet of snow breaking loose.
- ‘A massive slab avalanche had broken off above them, causing the entire bowl to release.’
- ‘It is, however, the dry avalanche, and in particular the dry slab avalanche, that is of primary concern to anyone evaluating the importance of avalanches as a natural hazard.’
- ‘Nothing is worse than the slow grinding of a wet slab avalanche breaking your body to pieces.’
- ‘A crown fracture line marks the point at which a fissure ripped across a slope in excess of 300 mph, unleashing a hard slab avalanche.’
- ‘Thus, shady leeward slopes often have weak layers beneath cakes of windblown snow - a perfect recipe for a slab avalanche.’
- ‘Loose snow avalanches are common, especially after new snow accumulations; slab avalanches are uncommon.’
- ‘From the warm bunks inside the St. Paul Lodge, at 11,500 feet, you can talk surface hoar and slab avalanches with AAI's wilderness pros.’
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