Mechanism for Multiplication of Atmospheric Ice Crystals: Apparent Charge Distribution on Laboratory Crystals

Science  21 Jun 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3834, pp. 1345-1346
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3834.1345


Replication of ice crystals with vapor of methyl 2-cyanoacrylate has produced evidence of whiskers on them; an additional mechanism for the necessary multiplication of ice crystals in the atmosphere is suggested. This replication technique also confirms crystal clustering in the atmosphere and appears to confirm the distribution of electrical charge on ice crystals.