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Artificial Control


A term used to distinguish avalanche control activities from naturally occurring avalanche or stabilization by natural causes, snow crystal metamorphism or snowpack deformation.

The stabilization of slopes by explosives (hand charges, artillery), ski checking, or other non-natural means. The goal is an improvement in slope stability through avalanche release, sluffing, or settlement.

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