Avalanche

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Avalanche Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"
  • a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
  • of snow masses in the mountains

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  • a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain ,
  • a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"

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Avalanche Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An avalanche is a phenomenon of nature. It is linked to snow. When there is too much snow on a mountain, some of the snow may fall, causing damage to things in its path. This is called an avalanche. People talk about avalanches because they may be dangerous to skiers and other people doing winter sports.

Large avalanches may carry stones, boulders and trees with them. They may bury people under them. If the people are not found rapidly enough by rescue teams they will die of suffocation (not getting enough air) or of hypothermia (freezing cold).

The chance of surviving an avalanche is as follows:

In Europe, the avalanche risk is widely rated on the following scale, which was adopted in April 1993 to replace the earlier non-standard national schemes. Descriptions were last updated in May 2003 to enhance uniformity pdf.



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* No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. - George Burns


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Avalanche Sample Sentences in News


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