// Frost Flowers in the Arctic Sea //

 

In a part of the world where few would imagine ‘flowers’ to grow, these photos were taken by University of Washington graduate student, Jeff Bowman, and his professor, Jody Deming, during their research in the Central Arctic Ocean. Their core focus was to study the growth of frost flowers, an extraordinary occurrence in which the combination of imperfections in the surface ice and extreme subzero temperatures result in the forming of spiky structures that house microorganisms. You can read more about this incredible phenomenon here.

Photos via IGERT website.

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