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Term: Snow patch Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Relatively small area of snow cover remaining after the main snowmelt period.  NSIDCCryosphere 

(1) The snow remaining on the ground close to the end of snowmelt. Such a patchy, discontinuous snow cover is usually the result of slowly melting snow due to shading or areas of high accumulation. (2) An isolated mass of snow, especially one which persists through most or all of the ablation season (see also snezhnik).  IACSSnow 

Isolated area covered with snow, lying above or below the regional snowline, which may last throughout the summer.  WMOHydrology 

An isolated area of snow cover.  AMSglossary 

An isolated area of snow, lying above or below the regional snow line, which may last throughout the summer and is composed of fern.  SPRI 

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