Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Weird Wednesday ~ An Ocean Meadow


What appears to be a meadow of flowers is actually ice crystals forming on the ocean's surface. These "Crystal Flowers" form when the air is exceptionally dry and extremely colder than the ocean's surface. The cold dry air vaporizes bits of ice, making the air humid. But the cold air makes the water vapor heavy and the moisture turns back into ice crystals, making "Flowers" that can reach 2 to 3 inches in length.

These blossoms are three times as salty as the ocean, contain about 1 to 2 milliliters of water when melted, and yet almost a million creatures (bacteria) will be living in each "flower". 

Scientists are currently studying these bacteria.

3 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Weirdly beautiful!

Introverted Art said...

WOW, I had never seen this before. It is scary almost in its beauty.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

That is stunningly and strangely beautiful! Mother Nature makes my jaw drop sometimes!