The Miracle of Ice

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Ice patterns on a frozen pond

How amazing are the intricate patterns on the surface of this frozen pond. This reminded me of another amazing fact about water and ice. Ice the solid form of water is lighter than its liquid form — opposite of other substance (the solid form of most things is heavier than its liquid form). This little anomaly is the reason lakes freeze from the surface down. If water did not have this peculiarity lakes would freeze solid from the bottom up, killing all the fish. No polar ice cap or floating icebergs for penguins, seals, and polar bears. Rivers would freeze from bottom up causing flooding. I am sure there are many other essential things that are related this quirk of nature. The bottom line is life, as we know it, could not exist. So next time you see an ice cube floating in your glass give thanks for God’s marvelous creation.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20

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