Term: Spongy ice Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Ice that contains liquid water; a composite of ice and liquid water. Spongy ice is a form of accretion of supercooled drops in which the heat transfer is inadequate to freeze all the water. The excess water is included within the growing ice. Spongy ice may also form during the melting of low-density accretions by the meltwater soaking into the pores.  AMSglossary