During a severe winter in the counties of Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, in addition to Mullagmore in Slag County, among the other forests of the country, many people found it strange to see a phenomenon as beautiful: hundreds of strands of “hair” connected with very delicate silver (native photos).
The so-called “ice hair” melts as soon as it is touched by human hands or the winter sun. Several pictures have been posted on social networks showing logical “cotton candy” attached to the ground as logs or trees.
But what are ice hairs?
Scientists say the phenomenon is caused by crystals forming in rotten wood when temperatures drop below zero degrees due to winter nights.
Several types of fungi with a diameter of 0.01 mm allow the formation of ice-thin threads.
As of 2015, only six regions in the United States, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Canada and Russia have reported angel hair or snow flowers.
I found some just after Christmas, and I was thrilled that this was my first time! pic.twitter.com/miaWO6nTvf
– Ｃａｌｌｙ Ｃａｌｌｙ (allyCallyDay) January 4, 2021
After a minus 5 degree Celsius in Mulgmore, hair ice was found on several branches before the sun hit, and there were half a dozen places, including some new ones, on the trees on the way to Lovers Retreat. pic.twitter.com/H3oAz7fKWI
– Kenny Allen (@ Kennie Allen 18) January 3, 2021
Lant Hair Ice at Lantern Forestry (Smilelog) this afternoon! Fed This phenomenon occurs when the fungus Exidiopsis efusa, which lives in a dead tree, expels moisture and then freezes. Note this in cold weather. pic.twitter.com/wSdGLQfkCo
– Liam Olds (@olds_liam) January 7, 2021
Hair ice, also known as ice wool or snow beard, is a type of ice that forms on dead wood and takes on the shape of thin, silky hair. It is somewhat unusual and is reported in broad forests at latitudes of 45–55 N. pic.twitter.com/3K9q9pBqjI
– Strangely Strange (abFabulousWeird) January 4, 2021
– xexmoormare January 7, 2021
I discovered this amazing hair ice while going for a walk today pic.twitter.com/6saHzcpnlE
– Paul Chapman 🏴 (a Paul Chap_Absed) January 6, 2021
Although I spend a fair amount of time outside, I don’t remember seeing this ‘Hair Eyes’ before. Fun stuff, literally. pic.twitter.com/PGuePm9m7w
– Mike Dunn (unDunnARunner) January 6, 2021