from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long wavelike ridge of snow, formed by the wind and found on the polar plains.
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- n. Any of a series of long, wavelike ridges or grooves formed on a snow surface by the wind, especially in polar plains.
Each of us took it in turn to run ahead, jumping from one sastruga to another.
The sail was up and, while braking the load upwind, I slipped and fell, allowing the sledge to collide with a large sastruga.
In the worst fogs at home one can at any rate see something of the ground on which one is treading; in Adelie Land, even when the air was clear of snow, it was easy to bump against a four-foot sastruga without seeing it.
One walks into a deep trench or a sastruga two feet high without noticing it.
As the sledge strikes each sastruga, it skids northwards along it to the discomfort of the wheelers and the disgust of the leader.
In an individual case the windward end of a sastruga might be completely undercut for six or nine inches, leaving
A fine example of a typical old sastruga was passed on the way.
The sledge, for instance, balances itself on the top of a sastruga for a moment, with an ominous bend in the runners, crashes down the slope and jams its bow into the next one, from which it has to be lifted clear.
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