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Warmer Arctic Waters Sprout Frost Flower Meadows
« on: January 02, 2013, 03:21:02 PM »

Warmer Arctic Waters Sprout Frost Flower Meadows

It was three, maybe four o’clock in the morning when he first saw them. Grad student Jeff Bowman was on the deck of a ship; he and a University of Washington biology team were on their way back from the North Pole. It was cold outside, the temperature had just dropped, and as the dawn broke, he could see a few, then more, then even more of these little flowery things, growing on the frozen sea.

“I was absolutely astounded,” he says. They were little protrusions of ice, delicate, like snowflakes. They began growing in the dry, cold air “like a meadow spreading off in all directions. Every available surface was covered with them.” What are they?

“Frost flowers,” he was told. “I’d never heard of them,” Jeff says, “but they were everywhere.”

They aren’t flowers, of course. They are more like ice sculptures that grow on the border between the sea and air.


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