Sunday, March 18, 2012

Down, but not out. Ice on Tonka report.



St. Louis Bay, Sunday afternoon.
I borrowed this from "USGS", A science blog, so that we (read I) can better understand ice. It is not actually sinking,but simply becoming water, another of its 3 naturally occurring states.

"Water freezes at 32° Fahrenheit (F) and boils at 212°F (at sea level, but 186.4° at 14,000 feet). Water is unusual in that the solid form, ice, is less dense than the liquid form. Thus, ice floats.

Water is called the "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid. This means that wherever water goes, either through the ground or through our bodies, it takes along valuable chemicals, minerals, and nutrients."

Finally, I am reposting this from an older post of mine:

Freshwater Society Website, "Freshwater Society" Lake Minnetonka Ice-Out Dates:

Average Ice-Out: April 15
Earliest Ice-Out: March 11, 1878
Latest Ice-Out:May 8, 1856
Most Common Ice-Out: April 17 & 18 (9 times)

A final note: "Ice went out", slipped out in the dark of night March 19th as the result of a sustained warm spell.


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