Ice and the Lithosphere
Date: September 2002
I am a ninth grade student in the Schuylerville School District in New York.
My Earth Science teacher has recently presented us with a question, and I
was wondering if you could help. He asked if an icicle is a mineral, in its
natural form) and all minerals are rocks, then shouldn't icicles technically
be part of the lithosphere?
Why or why not is this?
I would really
appreciate it if you responded within a few days.
An icicle is solid, being the
solid form of water. However,
water is not a mineral. Therefore
an icicle is not a rock.
David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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