|Very round, like an air filled balloon|
I have high hopes that this will kill off a lot of bugs.
The cold weather has been fun for many reasons, not the least of which has been having snow on the ground for weeks! Usually, even when it does snow, the snow is gone within three days.
When you have something unusual, see what you can do that you can't usually do.
I used to have to try to think this way, but the Zoomlians come by it naturally.
|the white spot on top was an air bubble|
We put it outside at around 12 degrees F in the afternoon, and left it overnight at 6 F (-14C). It was out about 18 hours.
It seemed solid enough, so we tried popping it. That was harder than it looked.
Once we had it started, we saw this beautiful crystal sphere, streaked with bubbles. Suddenly, the center started pulsing rhythmically, like a heart!
The balloon had been lying on snow, and the snow from below and the ice forming above had insulated a large pocket of water and kept it from freezing. It was gushing out of a hole in the balloon, pausing as a vacuum formed within, then gushing out again.
The sunlight on the balloon lit up the movement of the water in a way that was both eerie and beautiful.
|The water seeped into the balloon shaped depression|
Once the water had drained away, Zorg picked up the hemisphere of ice.
What a beautiful and fascinating experiment!
We want to repeat this when we need a bowl of ice for candles or a really cool party dish!