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  • n. Plural form of sastruga.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incorrect, but common, var. of zastrugi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A term current in Siberia for flutings or little ridges of wind-blown snow, running parallel with the direction of the air-currents, and now sometimes quoted in English. See zastruga.

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Examples

  • Driving vehicles over the sastrugi is pretty bad for tracks, towbars and tank runners.

    The Crossing of Antarctica

  • This area of the ice cap was covered with a layer of scalloped snow, what was called sastrugi, little curled waves of frozen snow formed by winds and erosion.

    Ice Hunt

  • The windblown snow, called sastrugi, is exceptionally hard and jostles and tosses the snow machines with every little bump.

    NYT > Home Page

  • They survived altitude sickness, enormous blisters, countless frozen snowdrifts, known as sastrugi, and blinding whiteouts. "

    Renegade Futurist

  • Meanwhile the sastrugi grew smaller and smaller, and finally they disappeared altogether, and the surface became quite flat.

    The South Pole~ Through the Mountains

  • The going changed at once up here; the loose snow disappeared, and a few wind-waves (sastrugi) began to show themselves.

    The South Pole~ Through the Mountains

  • The surface was now fine enough, smooth as a floor and without a sign of sastrugi.

    The South Pole~ Through the Mountains

  • And then we were off: It was a hard pull to begin with, both for men and beasts, as the high sastrugi continued towards the south, and made it extremely difficult to advance.

    The South Pole~ Through the Mountains

  • That it had been blowing here at some time, and violently too, was shown by the under-surface, which was composed of sastrugi as hard as iron.

    The South Pole~ Through the Mountains

  • The nature of the surface was at first ideal; but as we came farther north and thus nearer to the sea, our progress was impeded by a great number of big snow-waves (sastrugi), which had probably been formed during the long period of bad weather that preceded our departure from Framheim.

    The South Pole~ The Eastern Sledge Journey

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  • "The plains were rippled with sastrugi, great breaking waves, flash-frozen."
    --The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding

    April 3, 2012

  • "In places they struggled for mile after mile across sastrugi, an ice-surface scoured by the wind into pitted corrugations which resembled nothing so much as sharp-edged frozen waves."
    —Michael Howell and Peter Ford, The Ghost Disease, and Twelve Other Stories of Detective Work in the Medical Field (New York: Penguin Books, 1985), 309

    September 11, 2008