Why do ice floats on water?

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  1. naufillzaman profile image60
    naufillzamanposted 9 years ago

    Why do ice floats on water?

  2. juniorsbook profile image72
    juniorsbookposted 9 years ago

    Ice floats because it is lighter than water. When water freezes, it increases its volume (expands) by about one-tenth. When 10 quarts of water freeze, then. 11 quarts of ice form. Thus, ice is lighter than water and will float. This expansion of ice also explains why one-tenth of a floating ice cube is above the surface. Ice decreases about one-tenth in size as it melts. Therefore, the water from a melted ice cube will take up only as much space in the glass as the cube took up when it was floating. So the water level in a glass doesn't rise as the ice melts.

  3. xboxps3wow profile image39
    xboxps3wowposted 9 years ago

    water is heavier than ice...
    water expends when freezes so it takes more space for the same amount of liquid

  4. superwags profile image72
    superwagsposted 9 years ago

    Because water is a bit of a chemical freak and is more dense in its liquid state than in its solid state. It is actually at its most dense at 4 degrees celcius, which is exceptional.

  5. fundguru profile image61
    fundguruposted 9 years ago

    The density of liquid water is different than that of ice. Due to the density the weight of ice is about 0,917 g/cm³ while the density of liquid water is 1 g/cm³. Therefore Ice is comparable lighter than liquid water.

  6. Sneha Sunny profile image91
    Sneha Sunnyposted 9 years ago

    the density of ice is less than water because there are some holes that are present in the internal structure of ice in which air is present. hence the density of ice is decreased due to the presence of air....hence it floats on water.....

  7. muftdagyan profile image59
    muftdagyanposted 9 years ago

    Because ice have less density than water have,thats why ice floats on water.


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