Yesterday, as I was out walking with a friend, I heard ice crystals for the first time. With a little wind, the 5” melting slabs moving against one another will tinkle like wind chimes as they pile against each other in up-thrust layers. Here’s a 30 second clip from a recording I made.
Some people call this pencil ice because of its sharp edges when viewed from above. When I bent down and picked one up from the crowd, it was a flat plate; a thinner, glassier version of slate. After listening to the sound I came home to read more about what I had just seen.
Here’s what I learned:
The time of year you can hear ice crystals coincides with a phenomenon called “spring turnover.” As ice melts, water at the surface of a lake or pond becomes 39°, the temperature at which water is most dense. This heavier water falls to the bottom and stirs everything up, like an aquatic spring-cleaning.
Nature creates the spring turnover for a larger purpose. The oxygen pushed down in the cold water energizes fish and frogs, larvae and other living critters that bedded down in the mud for the winter. In turn, as they rise to the surface they bring with them nutrients, which feed algae and other plant life; a small miracle right beneath the surface.
What miracles are waiting for you beneath the surface of your consciousness?