Accession Number : AD0622572

Title :   SNOW DRIFT ON NATURAL, DEPRESSED, AND ELEVATED SURFACES NEAR MCMURDO, ANTARCTICA.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. for Feb 61-Jun 65,

Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Stehle,N. S. ; Sherwood,G. E.

Report Date : OCT 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : Drifting snow in polar areas results in problems of logistics and maintenance. To obtain knowledge of snow drift and accumulation on the Ross Ice Shelf near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, measurements of drift were made on natural, depressed, and elevated surfaces, and in camp and storage areas on these surfaces. From these measurements, it was concluded that depressed surfaces quickly become filled with snow to the natural-surface level, and should be avoided in locations of annual accumulation. Elevated surfaces accumulate minimal drift when used for roads, runways, or storage areas, and should be investigated for use as future camp locations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SNOW, DRIFT), (*SITE SELECTION, POLAR REGIONS), WIND, INHIBITION, TERRAIN, BUILDINGS, MAINTENANCE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE