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Recrystallization of Ice

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Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers

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Recrystallization of ice refers to the formation and deposition of the large ice particle on the expense of smaller ice particles. The process of recrytallization occurs through when the deformed form of the crystal behaves as the nuclei for the new crystal formation and this process continues till the original nucleus is totally consumed.

This process governs by the two major events such as nucleation and grain size growth. Each event is highly dependent on the temperature and supersaturation (Rogers and Yau, 1989). Nucleation is the first step toward the crystal formation which solely depends on the solute concentration and temperature condition of the underlying environment. Once the formation of the stable nuclei accomplished, the clustering of the nuclei begins to reach the critical size that enhance the recrytallization process toward the growth of ice particles.

In glaciers, the process of the recrystallization is continuous. This process of recrystallization primarily depends...

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Verma, A.K. (2011). Recrystallization of Ice. In: Singh, V.P., Singh, P., Haritashya, U.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Dordrecht.

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