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  1. A type of old snow which has gone through multiple thaw and refreeze cycles and thus is made of numerous small icy grains, though it is not nearly as saturated with water as snow-cone slush is; can be hard or somewhat soft depending on recent and current weather conditions.
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Over a period of years, layers of firn undergo further compaction and become glacial ice.
In addition, samplings were taken of the surface, and near surface snow and firn.
Situated high on a mountainside near the firn line, they are typically partially surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs.
Combine such dense firn with a daily rhythm of freeze and thaw, and spring avalanche danger is easy to predict and avoid.
In temperate glaciers, snow repeatedly freezes and thaws, changing into granular ice called firn.
Samples were collected using a high-volume surface sampler, a specially designed vacuum cleaner that collects particles Greater than 5 firn in diameter.

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