Avalanche in Benasque, Pyrenean Aragonese, December 7, 2008.
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Spanish researchers have studied the dynamics of avalanches in the Catalonian Pyrenees using dendrochronology (exact dating from tree-ring growth). The results show that the periods 1971-72, 1995-96 and 2002-03 have been the most intense of the last 40 years. Avalanches in the 90s affected the entire Pyrenees and since then there have been none more intense. This study helps in the prevention and mitigation of risks caused by avalanches in increasingly more urbanised areas.
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- Muntαn, E.; Garcνa, C.; Oller, P.; Marti, G.; Garcνa, A.; Gutierrez, E. Reconstructing snow avalanches in the Southeastern Pyrenees. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 9(5): 1599-1612, 2009.
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