Successive snow pits were dug intensively in a melting snowcover. Water was
successfully separated from snow grains in the field for the first time. B
y measuring delta O-18 values of water and snow grain samples as well as co
mparing isotopic profiles, it is found that meltwater percolating down in s
now develops quick and clear isotopic fractionation with snow grains, but e
xerts no clear impact on the delta O-18 profile of the snowcover through wh
ich the meltwater percolates.