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I just feel like this forum needs to be addressed, and what you think of it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cynthia149 (talkcontribs) 20:31, 7 January 2012

avalanche |ˈævəˌlæntʃ|
a mass of snow, ice, and rocks falling rapidly down a mountainside.
• a large mass of any material moving rapidly downhill : an avalanche of mud.
This is the correct term. The way it is used on the show is not a misuse of the term. –Throwawaytv 20:34, January 7, 2012 (UTC)
Actually it's all those, without snow and ice it's like strawberries without cream, you Americans can't tell the difference between an Avalanche and a landslide if one of them came charging towards you when your back is turned! If there's no snow, it's a rock slide! –Cynthia149 20:37, January 7, 2012 (UTC)
Well, if it's all the same to you, I'm going to trust the Oxford English Dictionary. –Throwawaytv 20:40, January 7, 2012 (UTC)
If it means anything, according to Wikipedia, avalanches are specifically the slide of snow down a slope, and are distinguished from rockslides (i.e. the "avalanche" mentioned in Dragonshy).
An avalanche is a sudden, rapid flow of snow down a slope, occurring when either natural triggers, such as loading from new snow or rain, or artifical triggers, such as explosives or backcountry skiers, overload the snowpack. The influence of gravity on the accumulated weight of newly fallen uncompacted snow or on thawing older snow leads to avalanches which may be triggered by earthquakes, gunshots and the movements of animals. Avalanches are most common during winter or spring but glacier movements may cause ice avalanches during summer. "
Looking up "avalanche definition" on Google also specifies snow, ice, and rocks. However, Dictionary and Webster's seem to agree with Oxford. It seems that the general consensus is that the term "avalanche" specifically refers to snow, but can also refer to any mass falling down a slope. Crazy Oatmeal 03:18, January 14, 2012 (UTC)
Vital information. –Throwawaytv 11:18, January 14, 2012 (UTC)
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