Oak Under Ice
Oak Under Ice

I had told myself ENOUGH ice-talk and images on Fragments already.

But winter does not relent, and waters winter forms dominate our days. We have a covering of snow to complicate things this morning.

Coincidentally, I ran across this article that discusses the chemistry and physics of water–particularly its behaviour at temperatures and pressures not found in the natural world.

This is pretty amazing stuff. From Today I Found Out comes this informative article:  What Happens When You Freeze Water in a Container So Strong the Water Can’t Expand Into Ice?

We live on the water planet. And yet, we know so little about it–even as it becomes an increasingly limited and threatened resource. Did you know there are actually FIFTEEN forms of ice?

As the water goes. so goes civilization. By all means, stay away from Ice 9! Though that way out of here might be one of the better ways for individuals and civilizations to meet their end.

Published by fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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