Atmospheric ice clouds strongly affect both the chemistry and the radiant properties of the Earth. However, the formation of ice particles in the atmosphere through homogeneous ice nucleation is not fully understood. This is due to the fact that ice forms in aqueous aerosol droplets which can be composed of a great variety of constituents. Scientists from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz (Germany) show that the formation of atmospheric ice particles can be described by a general thermodynamic model (Nature, 10 August 2000).
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