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13:41 Apr 9, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: First: Kriechschnee, 2nd: Verbiß
1st: snow sliding down a mountainside
2nd: damage caused by deer to young trees
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Tobias Lang

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nacreep or creep snow / deer damageUlrike Lieder
nadrifting snow, deer damageUschi (Ursula) Walke



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Von Schneebrettern, Staublawinen und Kriechschnee...

Eine Lawine kann mit 140
Stundenkilometern ins Tal donnern oder mit
einem bis dreißig Millimetern pro Tag bergab
kriechen – beide Extreme entwickeln Kräfte,
die Bäume entwurzeln, Felsblöcke aus dem
Boden wuchten und Hütten zermalmen
können. Welche Lawinenart sich entwickelt,
ist vor allem von der Schnee- und
Geländebeschaffenheit und dem Wetter
abhängig. Bei der Klassifizierung spielen
außerdem die Form der Abbruchkante und
der Bahn und die Art, wie sich die Lawine
bewegt, eine Rolle.

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Native speaker of: Danish
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Ulrike Lieder
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drifting snow, deer damage

kriechen = sich langsam fortbewegen
drift = steady movement

the way you describe it sounds like snow-slide, but that would be a Schneerutsch which means sudden and fast movement.

for deer damage to small trees please see Ref.

Uschi (Ursula) Walke
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Ulrike Lieder
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creep or creep snow / deer damage

See these very useful glossaries on avalanches, snow slides, etc.

Also: Creep Tension
The slow viscous deformation within a sloping snow-cover due to gravity. Not to be confused with glide.
Tensile stress in the snow caused by creep is sometimes called creep tension. Convex features are prone to increased creep tension.

Disturbance can take many forms, such as avalanche, snow creep, flooding, disease, insect infestation, glacial advance, wind throw and logging. Infrequent or small scale disturbance does not erase the forest. In fact, it increases diversity by creating a mosaic of different ages, admitting light to the forest floor, making some of the region's best wildlife habitat

As for Verbiss, I'd just one of the phrases suggested by the following references:
Damage caused by deer browsing on trees and ...

The Average Deer Damage Factor for the trees examined in the
block was 40%. You pick 300 bushels per acre from the block. ...

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Ulrike Lieder
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Native speaker of: German
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