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Scientists Have Created a New Type of Ice

By: April Carson

In a revolutionary feat, scientists have fabricated an unprecedented type of ice that exhibits neither the buoyancy nor linkability characteristic to the conventional variety - instead more closely resembling liquid.

Not only could it hold the key to life beyond Earth, but exploring its depths may give us a greater understanding of how oceans on Saturn and Jupiter's moons are formed. This is especially important for scientists who believe that extra-terrestrial organisms might exist in these places.

Introducing amorphous ice, a revolutionary type of freezing that functions differently than traditional crystalline ice. Unlike the latter's orderly molecular composition, its molecules are arranged in an unconventional and disorderly fashion - resembling more of a liquid state. This makes it far more resilient and able to withstand greater pressure than its counterparts.

Scientists at University College London have created amorphous ice by replicating the specific environmental conditions in their laboratory, and researchers hypothesize that similar forces are present on the icy moons of our outer solar system. These shear forces can be caused by the tidal pull from nearby gas giants like Jupiter creating an environment that is conducive to producing amorphous ice.

This could potentially lead to the formation of unique forms of life, as well as a new type of environment in which existing organisms might be able to exist and thrive. Future exploration of these icy worlds may now reveal previously unknown biological processes and even open the door for speculation that extra-terrestrial organisms might exist in our outer solar system.

If this ice is indeed tucked away in the crevices of Antarctic ice sheets, it could hold clues as to whether or not extraterrestrial life exists.

The remarkable advantage of this new ice form is that it can store a substantial amount of energy during its formation, and release the same quantity when broken down.

This powerful burst of energy could spark a new way of understanding how tectonic plates move on these moons, as well as lead to the potential development of extraterrestrial life. Senior author Professor Christoph Salzmann from University College London expressed that "water is essential for all living beings." This newfound discovery has opened up doors for groundbreaking research and innovation opportunities in this field. With the ability to store and rapidly release energy, this new form of ice could be an integral part of many future applications.

Our lives depend on it, so we send space missions hoping to unravel its mysteries, yet from a scientific perspective our knowledge is limited.

While we are aware of 20 crystalline varieties of ice, only two primary types of amorphous ice have been identified until now – high-density and low-density amorphous ices. What has long been theorized is that the density gap between them would be too immense to contain any other kind of existing ice. However, recent discoveries prove otherwise.

Given that liquid water has an average density, it had long been thought by scientists to be impossible for ice to form at such a level.

After their experiment, researchers discovered that the ice produced had an impressive density which was perfectly in between the two other known forms of amorphous ice - it was almost identical to liquid water. Consequently, they named this newly found "Goldilocks" variety medium-density amorphous (MDA) ice.

Not only is this discovery remarkable - as it proves that nature can produce such an exotic kind of ice - but it also has practical implications. For one, MDA ice could provide insight into the icy environment of our Solar System’s outer planets, thereby furthering our understanding of how these bodies interact and form.

Instead of gaining small, mundane pieces of ice, the process resulted in an unprecedented amorphous form. In comparison to the previously known forms of amorphous ice, it was almost identical to liquid water. Consequently, they named this newly found "Goldilocks" variety medium-density amorphous (MDA) ice.

This revolutionary discovery has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of liquid water and its remarkable characteristics. In particular, MDA ice offers a unique and rare look into the conditions present in our Solar System’s outer planets. It could provide insight into the icy environment of these celestial bodies, furthering our knowledge of their interaction and formation.

The competition has now begun to explore just how much of the activity is MDA-related, as well as its level of geophysical energy. The new ice also presents a potential, previously untapped avenue for research into the properties of water, such as its freezing point and crystallization patterns.

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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on

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