Cracking and Fracture Propagation Near Red Lake

Location Name: 
South of Red Lake
Carson Pass Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 14:45
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38° 41' 30.3684" N, 119° 58' 10.4376" W

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Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing

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Weak facets with a slab like layer above them still persist in this area. I triggered several small collapses and cracks while traveling across low angle terrain. These failure occurred due to the Dec. 7th facet layers collapsing under my weight on the slope. The largest of these collapses propagated about 30 ft away from where it started. Snowpit tests also indicated that fractures could easily travel along the Dec. 7th facet layer. Throughout this area signs of instability remain consistent and prevalent.

Photo: Some of the human triggered cracking

Video: Fracture propagation along the Dec. 7th facets in a 2m long ECT.

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2m ECTP 21 on Near Red Lake on Carson Pass

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