Environment and Ecology Research Vol. 2(2), pp. 35 - 59
DOI: 10.13189/eer.2014.020201
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Evolutionary Conception in Snow Cover Science

E.G. Kolomyts *
Institute of Ecology of the Volga River Basin, Russian Academy of Sciences,10, Komzina str., Togliatti, 445003, Russia


The report presents novel approach to the study of development of snowpack structure based on its crystal morphology and the fundamental laws of natural symmetry. It is worked out the empirical deterministic models describing the sublimation-metamorphic cycle of seasonal snow cover and the polymorphic variants of this cycle. Stadiality of the forms of crystal growth and self-development snow layers are revealed. They are a result of successive process of superposition of ice crystal-chemical symmetry and dissymmetry of the whole system soil–snow–atmosphere, according to the known P. Curie’s principle. Crystal-morphological classification for season snow is worked out by author on the base of the given an account evolutionary model. Evolution of snowpack structure is conditioned to a marked degree by probabilistic conformity to natural laws, manifesting themselves in the processes of auto-regulation of metamorphism. These processes include the two types of regulation: the self-regulation of snow layers, on the one hand, and their regulation from outside – under the influence of atmospheric perturbations, on the other hand. An analysis of the processes of auto-regulation of metamorphism is capable of rendering a substantial service in the development of methods of short- and long-term forecasting of the avalanches.

Snow Cover, Structure, Crystal-Morphology, Symmetry Theory, Evolution, Auto-Regulation, Classification for Snow

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[1] E.G. Kolomyts , "Evolutionary Conception in Snow Cover Science," Environment and Ecology Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 35 - 59, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2014.020201.

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E.G. Kolomyts (2014). Evolutionary Conception in Snow Cover Science. Environment and Ecology Research, 2(2), 35 - 59. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2014.020201.