Why does ice float on water?

Ice is water right? It's just that it's solid. So why does it float in liquid water? And also why does water expand when it freezes, when typically things contract when they freeze? These are things we are used to observing daily, but they actually are a little strange, and we bet the answer will surprise you.

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Ice is water right? It's just that it's solid. So why does it float in liquid water? And also why does water expand when it freezes, when typically things contract when they freeze? These are things we are used to observing daily, but they actually are a little strange, and we bet the answer will surprise you.

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References from this episode

  1. Chemistry - Julia Burdge
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/climatescience/oceansicerocks.html
  3. https://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i34/Galileo-Ice.html


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