Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 17 - Think and Explain: 86


No, it wouldn't; regelation occurs because ice crystals are open-structured.

Work Step by Step

When the wire applies sufficient pressure to the open structure of ice, it crushes the ice to the liquid phase, i.e., it melts under pressure. This is the first step of regelation, and it depends on the open structure of ice crystals. This is discussed on page 328.
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