Term: Radioactive snow gauge Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: A device that automatically and continuously records the water equivalent of snow on a given surface as a function of time. A small sample of a radioactive salt is placed in the ground in a lead-shielded collimator that directs a beam of radioactive particles vertically upward. A Geiger-M ller counting system (located above the snow level) measures the amount of depletion of radiation caused by the presence of the snow.  AMSglossary