Amazing pictures show very rare “ice hair” discovered in Scottish wood

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AMAZING pictures show very rare “ice hair” discovered in a Scottish wood.

The remarkably thin strands of “hair” only form when the temperature is between 0.2 and 0.4 degrees centigrade above freezing, the air is humid, and a specific fungi is present to act as a catalyst.

The pictures, taken in Glenlednock, Comrie, Perthshire, show the result – a fine lacy and silky ice crystal forming on a moss-ridden tree branch.

Jaclyn Wilson, 40, from Comrie, captured the rare occurence on her mobile phone last week.

The remarkably thin strands of “hair” only form when the temperature is between 0.2 and 0.4 degrees centigrade above freezing

Speaking today she said: “It is very very fragile. You have got to be very careful as touching or it even breathing on it. It will disappear the ice hair. I was very excited to see it as it is a phenomenon which is very rare.”

Jaclyn shared the pictures to her Facebook page, Whitsnickst Photography, captioned with: “‘Ice Hair’- a type of ice that forms on dead wood and takes the shape of fine silky hair.”

Sarah Jane Tainsh commented on Jaclyn’s post saying: “Amazing. Looks like Santa’s beard.”

Heather Boyd posted: “Wow. That is amazing never heard of anything like that before.”

The rare ice formation develops silky smooth hair after the change created by very specific conditions

Angela Thorne said: “I’ve never seen anything like this before. Amazing.”

However, the rare ice formation was even mistaken for a living creature.

Toni Michelle added: “I genuinely thought the first pic was an owl with spread wings. The wood looks like a wee brown face.”

According to the Met Office, the first record of the phenomenon was made by Berliner Alfred Wegener in 1918 – the same man who came up with the theory of continental drift.

He proposed the theory for hair ice after observing the formation occur only on wet dead wood with a specific fungi that helped with the transformation of the ice to a smooth silky hair like look.

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