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Nuclear medicine Avalanche ionization
Wilderness medicine A natural disaster in which massive unsorted mixtures of snow/ice/rock/mud cascade down a steep incline. Powder snow avalanches can exceed speeds of 300 km/h, and masses of 10,000,000 tonnes
Statistics Europe, 150 deaths/year; USA/Canada, 15/year; most are recreational—e.g., snowmobilers, mountaineers, back-country skiers
Avalanche risks Decreased snow stability; slope angles > 35º
Emergency action Do not wait; even in well-equipped ski areas, helicopters take 45 minute to arrive
Survival 15 minutes—85%; 30 minutes—40%; 1 hour—20%; 2 hours—0%
Cause of death Crush injury, hypothermia, suffocation

avalanche

Geomedicine A natural disaster in which a massive block of snow cascades down a steep incline Statistics In North America, ± 15 die thereof/yr; in Europe, 150/yr; most are recreational deaths–eg, snowmobilers, mountaineers, backcountry skiers Avalanche risks ↓ Snow stability; slope angles > 35º COD Crush injury, asphyxia. See Geological disaster.
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He asked her to marry him, and his fatness hovered above her like an avalanche.
It was an avalanche of fury that Johnson strove vainly to fend off.
Immense glaciers approached the road; I heard the rumbling thunder of the falling avalanche and marked the smoke of its passage.
From the first stir of the air felt on his cheek the gale seemed to take upon itself the accumulated impetus of an avalanche.
An earthquake, a landslip, an avalanche, overtake a man incidentally, as it were -- without passion.
In the old days there were stirring times, when the Austrian and the Hungarian came up in hordes, and the patriots went out to meet them, men and women, the aged and the children too, and waited their coming on the rocks above the passes, that they might sweep destruction on them with their artificial avalanches.
He was overwhelmed, buried beneath avalanches of punches delivered from every angle and position by a past master in the art.
Snowmobilers' safety comes first for BRP, which is why we are involved in the promotion of avalanche education," said Mathieu Laforest, Global Ski-Doo Marketing director.
Thus, specialists made 13 shots on the 246th kilometer of the Bishkek-Osh road, an avalanche of 13 thousand cubic meters of snow was released.
The three people remained hospitalized Saturday, a day after the avalanche slid down 4,768-foot Mount Jumbo into the northeast Missoula neighborhood, a St.
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The man went missing after an avalanche on Granite Mountain.