Rotting Fungus Creates Beautiful, Glistening ‘Hair Ice’

Rotting Fungus Creates Beautiful, Glistening ‘Hair Ice’.Alfred Wegener, famous for his continental drift theory, first identified and studied hair ice in 1918. At the time, he suspected the ice formation was linked to the presence of mycelium — the roots of a fungus that live on rotting wood and absorb nutrients, forming a pale, white, cobweblike coating. However, it wasn’t until about 90 years later that researchers found evidence that the fungal roots were vital precursors to hair ice. After treating mycelium-covered wood with a fungicide or dipping it in scalding water, hair ice didn’t grow, they found. [See Stunning Photos of Hair Ice]

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