Hair Ice Is Absolutely Gorgeous
December 7, 2018 9:44am CST
I have never seen hair ice, but I would like to. "Frost ice" and "frost beard" are other names for hair ice. Hair ice has a shape that looks like hair that is very fine and delightfully silky. The rotting wood of broad-leaved trees is where hair ice forms. The formation of hair ice is due to a fungus that goes by the name of Exidiopsis effusa. Hair ice is very rare, however, it can be seen in Europe, Asia, and North America. Hair ice is quite lovely with its curls and waves. Of course, hair ice, which is composed of thin strands of ice, is quite fragile. On a very, very cold day, I hope to take a walk in our village's Twin Lakes Park to see if I can find some hair ice to enjoy. Photo: Kostian - self-made by Kostian Originally from wikipedia 2006-08-26 18:58
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@moffittjc It is all due to a fungus. Those who know all things nature state that: "The fungus leads to a process called 'ice segregation'. When water present in the wood freezes it creates a barrier that traps liquid between the ice and the pores of the wood. This creates a suction force which pushes water out of the pores to the edge of the ice surface where it freezes and extends outwards. As this repeats it pushes a thin 'hair' of ice out of the wood which is around 0.01 mm in diameter."
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@CarolDM Good news. I have a couple on this list. Here is a list of some broadleaf trees.... Red maple tree (Acer rubrum) Japanese maple tree (Acer palmatum, etc.) Oak tree (Quercus rubra) Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) Poplar tree (Populus nigra) Loropetalum shrubs Oakleaf hydrangea shrub (Hydrangea quercifolia) Bottlebrush shrub (Fothergilla gardenii) Burning bush shrub (Euonymus alata) Sumac shrub (Rhus glabra, etc.)