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Avalanches Theme Page

CLN Theme Pages

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" that supplement the study of avalanches. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

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General Avalanche Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources that contain information and/or other links related to avalanches. Please read our disclaimer.

Avalanche Articles
A series of articles from Colorado Firstrax Webzine. Titles include: Early Season Avalanche Notes; Identifying Weak Layers In A Snow Pit; Avalanche Beacons and Their Use; Traveling In Avalanche Terrain; Anatomy of A Slab Avalanche; Snow Block Analysis: A Better Way...The Stuff Block Test; Spring Avalanches; and What To Do If Caught In An Avalanche

Avalanche Awareness
A primer on avalanches from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado.

Avalanche Awareness
A tutorial on avalanches from the Manti-La Sal Avalanche Center in Utah.

Avalanche Beware
A series of articles from the Canadian Ski Patrol Association on the Discover the Rockies Website. Titles include: Recognizing Avalanche Terrain; Could the Snow Slide? Safe Travel; Nature's Billboards; The Human Factor in Avalanches; When Travelling In Avalanche Terrain; Avalanche Rescue - What to Do; and The Avalanche Danger Scale.

Avalanche Defense Page
Avalanche defensive systems (active and passive) and "zoning" are described.

Avalanche Dogs
A wide range of information on avalanche dogs is available at this site, including how dogs are selected and trained, a dog behavior policy, and links to other sites on search and rescue (SAR).

Cyberspace Snow and Avalanche Center
This site serves as a metalist of links to educational resources on avalanches. Some links are to their own documents and others are to external resources. Categories of information include: Basic Information; Snow Stability and Snow Testing; Avalanche Dogs, and Miscellaneous Topics.

Avalanche lesson plan for grade 6-8 students.

Nova Online: Avalanche
Information on the making of a PBS special that aired in 1997. Check out in particular the sections titled "Elements of a Slide" and "Snow Sense" for basic background information on avalanches. There's a teachers' guide available if you wish to purchase a copy of the video.

Westside Avalanche Network
A wide range of information on avalanches is available at this site. Use the home page link above or go directly to some of their educationally relevant information below.
  • Avalanche Accidents Several years of statistics for Canada and the U.S. on avalanche fatalities and close calls.
  • Moonstone Snow and Avalanche Library Access to papers that contain information about snow and avalanches. Some of these papers form the basis of current avalanche education courses.
  • Picture Page Avalanche pictures in jpeg form.

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