Frost Flowers

 

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

So how do these pretty bouquets bloom ?  Frost Flowers are formed on new and thin ice sublimates.  Ice that changes directly from a solid to a gas,  bypassing the liquid stage.

Photo credit: Chris Edwards, from our 2009/2010 Antarctic Voyage

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