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Why does ice float in water? - George Zaidan and Charles Morton


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Water is a special substance for several reasons, and you may have noticed an important one right in your cold drink: ice. Solid ice floats in liquid water, which isn't true for most substances. But why? George Zaidan and Charles Morton explain the science behind how how hydrogen bonds keep the ice in your glass (and the polar ice caps) afloat.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator George Zaidan, Charles Morton
  • Director Kellan Stover
  • Animator Jeff Freeman, Bridgette Michaud, Mary Brown
  • Artist Louis Norris
  • Producer Powerhouse Animation Studios Inc.
  • Narrator George Zaidan

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