There is an odd phenomenon that occurs only in the
Northwestern potions of North America and Europe; it's called ice hair. Ice hair is ice that forms in and on rotten pieces
of wood and looks likes tiny silk hairs.
The ice forms when rotten pieces of wood become fully saturated with
water and then freeze. As water freezes
it expands out through the pores in the wood, making thin "hairs" of ice. There are some instances where some fungi inside
the wood produce carbon dioxide and water as a by-product; this also helps to
push out the ice through the pores in the wood.
This phenomenon was initially spotted in Germany and Sweden, and the in the
mountains of northwestern portions of Europe.
More recently ice hairs have been spotted in the pacific northwest of North
America. There are also similar ice
formations on plants called ice flowers and ice ribbons. So the next time you venture to the Pacific Northwest,
take a look down and see if you can find some ice hairs.
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