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There are more than 300 kinds of ice, scientists report

The ice on the surface of planet Earth—the kind we’re all familiar with—has a hexagonal crystal structure. High in the atmosphere it’s possible to find cubic ice. Aside from that, scientists have never found any other arrangements for solid water in the natural world, but that doesn’t mean they’re not possible: A new study in The Journal of Chemical Physics has revealed that there could be as many as 300 different molecular arrangements for ice. According to New Scientist, most of the new versions are based around reorganizing a known structure of low-density ice called zeolitic ice, however the super–low density structures can only exist at extremely low pressures and temperatures close to absolute zero, so you’ll be more likely to find them on another planet than in your drink anytime soon.

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