How beautiful are these photos of the Arctic Ocean? Researchers at the University of Washington trekked to the frigid to study what they have dubbed frost flowers -- delicate frost that grows from imperfections in the surface ice.
Here's the wild part: The resulting spiky structures is actually a temporary ecosystem that can withstand the extremely cold temperature. How cool is that?
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[Via This Is Colossal]