Understanding Ice – Solid, Liquid, Hard or Soft?

If I recall correctly, when I studied physics I was taught that the reason we can ice skate and curl “the rock” on ice was due to friction and pressure. In short either pressure, friction or both, create a thin layer of water to glide on. While listening to a recent edition of Science Friday, I was intrigued. This is not actually the case.  While the podcast is always very informative, I seek a more detailed explanation.   Continue reading “Understanding Ice – Solid, Liquid, Hard or Soft?”