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Ice compressibility

  1. Dec 6, 2011 #1
    Dear PF,

    Is ice compressible? What its compressibility... or compressibility relatively to water compressibility


    Thanks much
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 6, 2011 #2
    An interesting property of ice is that it has a lower density than water which explains why it's so slippery, as you step on the ice the force compresses the crystal structure which breaks it and causes a thin film of water which has a very low coefficient of friction. So yes ice can be compressed but it won't be long until it's no longer ice.
     
  4. Dec 6, 2011 #3
    OK as i understand I can compress ice till it complitely turns into water... if a have an ice cube and i exert force (big force) whole ice will turn into water... but what is its compressibility when my force is not that big to turn the ice cube into water ?
     
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