Ice is a brittle transparent crystalline solid: water frozen into a solid state. [....]
In the Solar System, ice is abundant and occurs naturally from as close to the Sun as Mercury to as far away as the Oort cloud objects. Beyond the Solar System, it occurs as interstellar ice.
It is abundant on Earth's surface – particularly in the polar regions and above the snow line – and, as a common form of precipitation and deposition, plays a key role in Earth's water cycle and climate. It falls as snowflakes and hail or occurs as frost, icicles or ice spikes and aggregates from snow as glaciers and ice sheets.
* Definition adapted from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice
glacier /ˈɡlæsiər, ˈɡleɪsiər/
A glacier is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight. A glacier forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation over many years, often centuries.
Glaciers slowly deform and flow under stresses induced by their weight, creating crevasses, seracs, and other distinguishing features. They also abrade rock and debris from their substrate to create landforms such as cirques, moraines, or fjords. Glaciers form only on land and are distinct from the much thinner sea ice and lake ice that forms on the surface of bodies of water.
Glacial ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth.
* definition adapted from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier
The raw force of Mother Nature. I am in love with glaciers, their raw power is slow, incessant, continuous. Such large masses of ice ablated and layered over centuries. The extreme force they exert while moving remodel profoundly the surrounding landscapes.
Enormous powerful wise giants, they stand peacefully and harmlessly against the Threat that we, as humans, pose to them.
Depending on the presence of impurities such as particles of soil or bubbles of air, Ice can appear transparent or a more or less opaque bluish-white colour. The most common phase transition to ice occurs when liquid water is cooled below 0°C at standard atmospheric pressure. Ice exhibits at least eighteen phases (packing geometries), depending on temperature and pressure [....]
* definition adapted from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice