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What is Avalanche?

An avalanche is a large mass of snow, ice rock, soil or a combination of these elements that moves suddenly and swiftly down a mountain slope, pulled by the force of gravity. Another common term for avalanche is "snow slide". A large avalanche can run for many kilometers, and result in massive destruction of the forests and anything coming in its way. Scientists estimate that as many as one million avalanches take place around the world each year.

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