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By Mariana Gosnell

Extra brittle than glass, every now and then more suitable than metal, at different instances flowing like molasses, ice covers 10 percentage of the earth's land and seven percentage of its oceans. Its ebbs and flows over the years have helped shape the area we are living in. Gosnell examines ice in vegetation, icebergs, icicles, and hail; sea ice and permafrost; ice on Mars and within the jewelry of Saturn; and several other new sorts of ice built in labs. She discusses  Read more...

Lakes --
Rivers --
Great Lakes --
Loading --
Breakup --
Alps --
Surging glaciers --
West Antarctic ice sheet --
Coring --
On glaciers --
Icebergs I --
Icebergs II --
Sea ice I --
Sea ice II --
Ground ice I --
Ground ice II --
Plants --
Animals I --
Animals II --
Animals III --
Animals IV --
Human I --
Human II --
Games I --
Games II --
Uses I --
Uses II --
Uses III --
Other kinds of ice --
Atmosphere I --
Atmosphere II --
Atmosphere III --
Space I --
Space II --
Ice a while --
Lake of the Woods.

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After that, it might have branched, like the veins of leaves, extending into unfrozen water, or grown ribs itself or broadened, by thickening on one side, even as other needles were doing the same, until in a matter of minutes a network of crisscrossing ice needles lay on the lake surface, framing open patches of water, after which the open patches froze, flat and smooth as plates, sealing the cover, in that one spot. Quite properly called a skim, the ice is probably less than a 20th of an inch thick.

It can preserve mammoths for centuries, peas for months, human hearts for hours. One ice expert, a physicist from India whose name in Sanskrit means “crystal clear,” told me something that sounded particularly far-fetched: that ice is not, as a person would reasonably assume, a low-temperature material, the ultimate in cold things, but a high-temperature one. Even the coldest piece of glacial ice is close to its melting point, within 50°F of it. Steel, when we encounter it, unless we work in a foundry, is 2,700°F from its melting point; metamorphic rocks are over 3,000°F from theirs.

I hoped they could answer some of my noodling questions about what was going on at Pleasant Lake. Ice is a fit subject for contemplation. —Henry David Thoreau, Walden It could be like watching paint dry, I am thinking, or maybe an orange grow old, the object of my attention just gradually getting stiff. I am warned that any major changes will probably take place in the middle of the night, when temperatures usually run lowest and I won’t be able to see much. I am prepared for only modest thrills.

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