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I'm continuing with my science experiment. I'm freezing water and salt water solutions and trying to understand the crystal formation. When salt water freezes, tiny platelets and needs of ice form over the surface of the liquid. The ice crystals incorporate water, but tend to leave the salt behind. The salt is excluded because salt has a different crystalline structure. It forms cubic crystals (with 4 sides) whereas ice is hexagonal (with 6 sides). Can you explain this in very basic terms so that I can understand it better? Thank you. MICHAEL
Re: Explain why salt water forms cubic crystals and ice is hexagonal?
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