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Ins and outs of ice nucleation

Laboratory experiments point to a mechanism by which ice forms from supercooled water with surprising alacrity. Such a mechanism may help to explain ice formation in the atmosphere under certain conditions.

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Figure 1: Three ways in which an ice nucleus may cause crystallization of a water drop.
Figure 2: Ice nucleation in wave clouds.



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Sastry, S. Ins and outs of ice nucleation. Nature 438, 746–747 (2005).

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