Rime Ice and Hoar Frost
Rime ice occurs when liquid droplets from fog freeze when they make contact with trees or other objects. The water droplets go from a gas state to a solid state with no melting in between.
Hoar frost is a deposit of interlocking ice crystals (hoar crystals) that form on objects that are exposed to the air, such as tree branches, plant stems and leaf edges, wires, poles, etc. Frost is not frozen dew.
Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions
- What weather conditions allow for different types of precipitation to occur, including hoar frost, rime frost, sleet, hail, fog and snow?
- What forms of precipitation go through the process of sublimation?
- What is the difference between hoar frost and soft rime ice?
- If condensation or sublimation of the water vapor occurs directly at or near to the surface of the Earth, it is the deposited precipitation such as dew or hoar frost.
- Research the weather conditions at the location and time this photo was taken.
- Lab: Create rime ice.
- Hoar frost vs. rime ice: This article provides some background information about the difference between hoar frost and rime ice.
- Creating frost and rime ice experiment: This experiment guide provides instruction for how to make hoar frost and rime ice in a lab.
Iowa Core Alignment
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