At last, scientists have identified the stylist that gives hornbeam and elderberry salon-worthy hair.
In the winter of 1916-17, Alfred Wegener was serving in the German army’s weather service. Sometime that winter, perhaps in the course of his duties, he noticed something strange sprouting from the fallen logs and branches of France’s Vosges Mountains, near the border with Germany. It appeared to be luxuriant, silky hair made of ice.
Hair ice is made of ultra-fine filaments just .02mm wide but up to 20 cm long. It’s found on barkless dead wood or on wood where the bark has begun to peel away. It’s usually found on moist, rotting logs and branches lying on the ground, but sometimes found on dead parts of still-standing trees. The hair is smooth and lustrous, and may have waves, curls, or even parts, just like human hair.
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