Term: Snowpatch Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: A mass of snow of restricted extent, especially one that persists through most or all of the ablation season. Snowpatches are less extensive than snowfields, but the distinction is not made precisely in common usage. A snowpatch that is perennial may be difficult to distinguish from a glacieret.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

Relatively small area of snowcover remaining after the main snowmelt period  IPAPermafrost