November 24, 2012

The Sublime Frost Flowers of the Arctic

Dr. Martini, Deep Sea News

AP Photo

Your turkey isn’t the only thing that has beautiful plumage this Thanksgiving. So does the Arctic Ocean. Behold, the frost flower.

These spiky little bunches of ice form on thin and new ice in the Arctic Ocean.  But these badboys can only form under very special conditions.

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TAGGED: Nucleation, Flowers, Arctic Ocean, Antarctic