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


Definition: A friable surface layer, of reduced density, that develops due to small-scale variations of the melting rate of ice in the presence of cryoconite. Short-term measurements of surface lowering are unreliable as estimates of surface ablation when there is a weathering crust. The crust may reach a thickness of the order of 100200 mm over several days, only to be removed abruptly by rain or strong winds.  IHPGlacierMassBalance