“Ice Formations”

As perfect as ice can appear, it always starts with a defect. Without a speck of dust or soot to act as a seed, supercooled water simply will not freeze. But these imperfections can lead to beauty. In “Ice Formations,” photographer Ryota Kajita captures some of the oddities of ice in Alaska’s interior swamps and ponds. In Kajita’s images bubbles are frozen in suspension, plates of ice form strange shapes, and star-shaped cracks peek through the snow. Whether the ice formed too quickly or too slowly, there are interesting signatures left behind. See the full set of images, spanning the last eight years, here. (Image credit: R. Kajita; via Colossal)

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