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Term: Nivation
Definition: Nivation is a collective name for the different processes that occur under a Snow Patch. The primary processes are Mass Wasting and the freeze and thaw cycle, in which fallen Snow gets compacted into Firn. Nivation includes various sub-processes related to Snow Patches which may be immobile or semi-permanent. These sub-processes include erosion, weathering, and meltwater flow from beneath the Snow Patch.
Created 2022.03.08
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