Snow pack

Description (English)

Accumulations of snow that do not flow, found mainly at high latitudes or altitudes, often in sunless situations like shady gorges or avalanche corridors, persistent within the limits of permanent snow but elsewhere susceptible to melting in hot summers, especially if the preceding snowfalls have been light. Some bryophytes can survive in such a habitat, an abundance of unicellular algae can colour the snow, and certain insects feed on material released by melting.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code U41
Relation to Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) H4.1 Snow packs same
European Red List of Habitats H4.1 Snow pack same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types
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