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Ice Spikes

  1. Jul 18, 2009 #1
    I wasn't aware of this.
    Very cool.

    multspikes.jpg


    http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/icespikes/icespikes.htm" [Broken]
     
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  3. Jul 18, 2009 #2
    Any ideas why distilled water works best? I'm thinking that with tap water, ice crystals would start to form inside the ice cube, not at the edges...
     
  4. Jul 18, 2009 #3
    I think so. Fewer nucleation sites and mostly on the water interface.

    They are definitely different than any ice cubes I've seen. I've never used distilled water. The bumpy surface means that large crystalline growth occurs.
     
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