Ice crystals

Ice crystals

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Credit: MANUEL PRESTI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ice crystals extruded from a twig. The strange shape of the crystals is due to water from the interior of the twig expanding as it freezes. This forces it out of the twig through pores and holes in the wood, where it freezes solid in the air. Photographed in Michigan, USA, in January.

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Keywords: 21st century, close-up, cold, crystal, crystals, environment, extruded, freezing, frozen, ice, macrophotograph, physical, physics, season, seasons, twig, winter, wintry

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