Term: Grain Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: (1) with respect to both shape and size of snow grains, the same as particle, i.e., the smallest characteristic subunit of snow microstructure recognizable with a hand lens (8-10x magnification). (2) One single crystal of ice making up the ice structure of snow. The crystal orientation is continuous across each individual grain. Several grains together form a polycrystal having grain boundaries where crystal orientation changes.  IACSSnow