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Rasmus Johansen

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Rasmus Johansen  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi & thanks for a great show! I've been listening to the podcast for a few years now & it's definitely one of my favourites!

Now to the point:

I've attached a photo of an ice cube tray [which shows an ice-cube with an icy stalagmite extruding from the frozen surface - ED].

I'm puzzled by how the water has frozen while stretching upwards. It has happened a few times to me, & I can't for the life of me figure out how it defies gravity in such a way. Do the naked scientists have an explanation for this?

Thanks again!

Rasmus

What do you think?


 

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Why do ice-cubes sometimes form stalagmites in my freezer?
« Reply #2 on: 16/11/2010 03:25:22 »
The stalagmites form in the freezer maybe cause of the dripping water which before dripping down on the surface of the freezer, it turns to ice. And, the water which turns to ice is the cause of forming stalagmites. That is what I observed every time I open the freezer.
 

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Why do ice-cubes sometimes form stalagmites in my freezer?
« Reply #3 on: 16/11/2010 06:35:11 »
The stalagmites form in the freezer maybe cause of the dripping water

Spikes which aren't vertical can't be stalagmites ...



 http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/aprilholladay/2005-10-24-ice-spikes_x.htm 
« Last Edit: 16/11/2010 06:43:14 by RD »
 

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Why do ice-cubes sometimes form stalagmites in my freezer?
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