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Frost Flowers

Frost Flowers

A neat pic from a small image set on the ‘back-breaking’ work done by scientists in the Arctic.

Frost flowers are delicate ice structures that … grow on new sea ice when the cold, moist air above becomes saturated. Frost then forms on imperfections on the icy surface, which seeds the flowers. Once seeded, frost flowers rise quickly as they wick moisture from the frozen surface, capturing salt and marine bacteria as they grow.

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