Why Does Ice Float?

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Because it is less dense than liquid water,it takes up about 9% more space than it did as a liquid.
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Ice floats in water because it is less dense. When water reaches the freezing point, it forms a crystal lattice structure that is greater in volume but has a lower density that liquid water.
Ice floats because it is less dense, or has less mass per unit volume, than other components in a mixture. For example when placed in water, ice floats because it is approximately 9% less dense than liquid water.
Ice has a diamond structure due to the hydrogen bonding. Water does not have this structure, but water molecules are squeezed close to one another because of the hydrogen bonding. There is more space in ice than water, making it lighter than water, and that is why ice is able to float. You can find more information here: http://www.chemistryquestion.com/English/Questions/ChemistryInDailyLife/5c_Water_Ice.html
Ice floats because it is one of a very few substances that is less dense frozen than it is in liquid form at room temperature. If this did not happen, the oceans would never thaw and there might be no life on Earth if that was the case.
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Objects will usually float if they are less dense than water. When water is in its frozen form, ice, it is less dense than when it is in its liquid form. You can find more information
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it provides living creatures such as fish, insulation. If ice did not float, all of this ice would sink to the bottom of the body of water which not only cools the water temperature
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1. Select a tall glass and fill 3 quarters of the way up, with a fizzy drink of your choice. 2. Fetch some ice cream of your choice and put and couple of generous scoops on top. 3
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Scoop about 3 to 4 scoops of ice cream in a tall glass FIRST. Select your favorite fruit juice. I suggest White Peach, Cranberry or Lemonade. Pour Fruit juice on top of ice cream.
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