For The First Time – Watch The Birth Of An Ice Cloud

Researchers have observed the creation of ice crystals on individual atmospheric particles for the first time.

The process, called ice nucleation, occurs when a particle attracts water vapour and forms ice crystals, which become the core of the wispy cirrus clouds that often hang in the sky above our heads.

Observing this microscopic chain of events first-hand isn’t easy, but it’s important for our understanding of how clouds take shape and both cool and heat the planet.

‘This is one of the most critical but least understood parts of the process of how cold clouds form,’ said Bingbing Wang from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Take a look to the work of his team:

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