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Term: Snow density Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: The mass of snow per unit volume which is equal to the water content of the snow divided by its depth.  NOAAHydrology 

The mass of snow per unit volume which is equal to the water content of snow divided by its depth.  NSIDCCryosphere 

See relative density.  IACSSnow 

The mass of snow per unit volume which is equal to the water content of the snow divided by its depth.  NOAA-NWS 

Mass of snowpack per unit volume.  WMOHydrology 

The ratio of the volume of meltwater that can be derived from a sample of snow to the original volume of the sample; strictly speaking, this is the specific gravity of the snow sample. Freshly fallen snow usually has a snow density of 0.07 to 0.15; glacial ice formed from compacted snow (or firn) has a maximum density of about 0.91. Values as low as 0.004 have been measured.  AMSglossary 

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