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Comparing Avalanches in the Alps and Afghanistan

March 2015

Intense periods of snow fall in two regions of the world caused a series of deadly avalanches in early 2015.

Comparing Avalanches in the Alps and Afghanistan

Intense periods of snow fall in two regions of the world caused a series of deadly avalanches in early 2015. Switzerland was badly hit in the Tabor region of the Alps and especially around the Great St Bernard Pass near the Swiss-Italian border which is popular with skiers and snowboarders. The isolated Panjshir Valley, north of Kabul in Afghanistan also saw a series of avalanches at the end of what was an unusually heavy few weeks of snow.

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AQA A Level
Unit 3: Weather and climate and associated hazards (optional)

Edexcel A Level
Unit 1: Global hazards (core)
Unit 2: Extreme weather (optional)

OCR A Level
Unit 3: Climatic hazards (optional)

WJEC A Level 
Unit 3: Landforms and their management - glacial (optional)
Unit 3: Climatic hazards (optional)

AQA A GCSE
Unit 1: Ice on the land (core)

AQA B GCSE
Unit 2: Living with natural hazards (core)

Edexcel B GCSE
Unit 1: Extreme environments (optional)

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Unit 1: Hazardous environments (optional)

OCR A GCSE
Unit 1: Extreme environments – mountain environments (core)

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Unit 3: Natural hazards (core)

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