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April 04, 2008

Water Freezes in the Desert

Water bottles placed in a very cold refrigerator, freeze instantly when brought outside into the hot sun. The water is just regular non carbonated bottled drinking water.

Credit to user "fiedag" for the following explaination;

"Very pure H2O often will not freeze at 0C, as there are no little nuclei around which little ice crystals can form. It is known as supercooled water. If you disturb it, you accelerate the reaction. The fact it freezes from the top suggests that some microscopic crystals had already formed and risen to the surface of the water."


Wild Thing's comment........

I thought this was so neat how it does this. LOL What fun to do this.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 4, 2008 03:47 AM


Too Cool WT !!!!!!! Wonder if works on beer too!!!! LOL

Posted by: john at April 4, 2008 07:56 AM

I have had this phenomenon often happen to me, I once worked at a standards laboratory where we used pure water from our own distillery, we'd start out with demineralized water then distill it. Ice will not form in pure water unless it has some structure to start it then it flashes to ice. That structure can be a contaminate in the container as mundane as a dust particle. The ice was crushed and constantly stirred in an ice bath for an absolute temperature reference. Won't work on beer John, but freezing will separate all that excess water from the good stuff concentrating the alcohol. Oh yes, you'll still get a hangover too!!!:)

Posted by: Jack at April 4, 2008 11:57 AM

It is hot enough here in Texas at times. I don't want to be anywhere hotter just to freeze water. That is neat though.

Posted by: TomR at April 4, 2008 12:05 PM

John, LOL I don't know. Hahahahaha

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 4, 2008 07:31 PM

Jack that is neat, thank you for sharing about this happening. I never saw anything like this before.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 4, 2008 07:32 PM

Tom, I am a snow bunny hahaha so too hot messes with me a lot.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 4, 2008 07:37 PM