EarthComm Earth's Fluid Spheres: Cryosphere and Your Community Activity 1

Earth's Fluid Spheres book



The Unusual Properties of Ice

  • "Water and Ice" - MathMol - NYU/ACF Scientific Visualization Laboratory
    This site compares the atomic structures of water and ice using text, color images, and movies.
  • "Ice" - California Institute of Technology - Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
    This site covers the atomic structure of ice (including a review of hydrogen bonds) and looks at how the atomic structure influences how ice looks, flows, feels, etc.

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Ice in the Atmosphere

  • "Questions and Answers About Snow" - National Snow and Ice Data Center
    List of questions and answers about snow, including topics such as why snow is white, how its texture changes with temperature, and more.
  • "Snow Crystals" - California Institute of Technology
    Click on links on menu to cover early snow crystal observation, photo collections, snow crystal classifications, snowflakes grown in the laboratory ("designer snowflakes"), and a snow crystal primer that provides information on snow crystal physics.

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Frost Wedging

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Inquiring Further:

  • Students will need a plastic milk jug, a measuring cup (to measure volume), water, and access to a freezer.

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