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I saw this video on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs5iXGJVkb8, but I really don't how answer this question: How is it possible that wind can cause ablation of ice? I know that ice can ablate by sublimation or evaporisation, but how can we explain that wind can cause ice to ablate?

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    $\begingroup$ It's the material the wind carries that performs the erosion. geo.fu-berlin.de/en/v/geolearning/mountain_building/weathering/…. This is rock, not ice, but it's the same principle of carrying particles at sometimes high velocities. This is, imo, more Earth science SE than physics $\endgroup$ – user167453 Sep 19 '17 at 21:02
  • $\begingroup$ The ice tag might be appropriate, but the other tags don't seem to fit the question, imo $\endgroup$ – user167453 Sep 19 '17 at 21:08
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Temperature may play little role in the ablation process in the video. The strength of the wind is such that it shears off the ice/snow. The same as you blow off dust.

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