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Avalanche! (#2418)

Over a million avalanches occur each year. In 1995, 250,000 tons of snow fell on the small fishing village of Flateyri, Iceland killing twenty residents. This documentary follows scientists who go to extremes to study how and when gravity can make snow so destructive. Major testing grounds include the Swiss Alps and Montana, where snow and recreation go hand-in-hand. Safety specialists and patrols set out early in the morning to make mountains safe for skiers. Often these specialists risk their own lives, as when a team of scientists from Montana State University allow themselves to be buried alive in a shack in order to observe the impact of an avalanche. But their task is an urgent one: each year, the death toll from avalanches rises as an increasing number of skiers and snowmobile riders head into the back country. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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