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How ice in clouds is born
Description: Chemists have pulled back the curtain a little more on the freezing process of water, particularly in clouds. Their research shows that when water droplets freeze in clouds, the structure of the ice crystal isn't necessarily the classic hexagonal snowflake structure. Rather, a more disordered ice structure forms more easily than hexagonal ice under certain cloud conditions, allowing the water droplets in clouds to turn to ice more rapidly than previously predicted. The work reconciles theoretical models of clouds with observations of freezing rates. [Source: University of Utah]
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Source: University of Utah
Publish Date: 11/9/2017
Reading Level: Basic
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