• Question: Is ice sticky?

    Asked by boxofstrawbs to Nuala on 22 Jun 2012. This question was also asked by holliemansell.
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      Nuala Carson answered on 22 Jun 2012:

      Hey great question,

      If you mean sticky in sense that when you touch an ice cube or an ice lolly with our fingers or lips we sometimes stick to it then yes it is sticky. We give out a very small amount of liquid, like sweat, from our skin and its job is actually to help us grip things. The problem is when we touch something really cold like ice (or sea ice) then it freezes the liquid on our skin and we stick to it. So if you were to hold a lump of sea ice your hand would probably freeze or stick to it.

      If you mean sticky in the same way that glue is sticky, or sellotape then no. Sea ice is just frozen water and water isn’t sticky.

      Hope that answers your question!