Term: Frost flowers Class:  
 vernacular   (0%)
Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: Crystals of ice that form when water vapor becomes a solid (bypassing the liquid phase) and deposits itself on the sea ice surface; frost flowers roughen the surface and dramatically affect its electromagnetic signal.  NSIDCCryosphere 

Growth of ice crystals by condensation from the atmosphere at points on the surface of young ice. After formation sea water may be drawn through the ice into the flowers.  Bushuyev