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Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 9:20 a.m. MST

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Jumpyman
Salt Lake City, UT

What does a little bird in a mine have to do with an avalanche? I am trying to see the connection. I suppose that the guy quote was referring to the use of canary to detect poisonous levels of gas in coal mines, but I how does a small avalanche relate to that?

aceroinox
Farmington, UT

@Jumpyman--
I believe he was saying that just as canary being affected by poisonous gases in a coal mine being a warning to miners, this small avalanche that didn't kill anyone is a warning to back-country skiers that larger, killer avalanches are looming. Seems perfectly apt to me.

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