Ice forest on ice cream

Description: My freezer seems especially good at making intricate frost forests. The intricate patterns suggest anyone could do some fun and low-tech experiments on pattern formation and crystallization at home. How much do the different leaves of ice interfere with each others' growth, and how? If they get to close they might compete for molecules of water vapor.

It would be fun to play with this kind of question, but instead, I just took this one photo before they all melted, and then ate the ice cream. I did some filtering to bring out the fine details, but couldn't really capture the full effect because the three-dimensionality is lost.

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crystallization frost ice pattern-formation physics

Created: 06 Jan 2015 21:32
Updated: 06 Jan 2015 21:44


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