We all know ice. We see it, and even use it every single day! But how much do you really know about ice?
Here are some of the fun facts that we at Plink have dug up from all corners of the internet for your amusement and entertainment. Enjoy!
Did you know that…
1. The Antarctic has been covered in ice for more than 30m years. Right now, it is covered by 10 thousand trillion tons of snow and ice.
2. There are at least 16 different kinds, or “phases”, of ice. All of them have different crystal structures.
3. Hot water freezes faster than cold water. This is known as the Mpemba Effect, and no-one knows why it happens.
4. Three quarters of the fresh water in the entire world is contained in glaciers.
5. The lowest ever temperature recorded was at the Russian Vostok station. It was -89.6°C.
6. Dry ice sinks while the normal ice, as we know it, floats.
7. The Victorians were very fond of using ice to create puddings of all sorts. One example would be the Nesselrode Pudding, which consisted of chestnuts, vanilla, eggs and, of course, ice. This complicated pudding was beloved by Victorians for its refreshing taste and was a sign of wealth and class.
8. Scientists believe that most, if not all, of the water on Earth came from ice-bearing comets and asteroids that smashed into the planet in its infancy.
9. Dry ice is actually frozen carbon dioxide and freezes at -78°C!
10. It takes an average of 50 licks to finish an ice cream on a cone.
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