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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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Driving vehicles over the sastrugi is pretty bad for tracks, towbars and tank runners.
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.
The windblown snow, called sastrugi, is exceptionally hard and jostles and tosses the snow machines with every little bump.
They survived altitude sickness, enormous blisters, countless frozen snowdrifts, known as sastrugi, and blinding whiteouts. "
Meanwhile the sastrugi grew smaller and smaller, and finally they disappeared altogether, and the surface became quite flat.
The going changed at once up here; the loose snow disappeared, and a few wind-waves (sastrugi) began to show themselves.
The surface was now fine enough, smooth as a floor and without a sign of sastrugi.
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.
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 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.