ice is solid then why does it haves less density than water which is a liquid

Asked by  | 1st May, 2013, 04:18: PM

Expert Answer:

The answer lies in the hydrogen bonding in water. In ice, the hydrogen bonds hold the water molecules apart in an open lattice structure. When the ice melts, the rigid hydrogen bonds break and the water molecules come closer together, making it more dense than ice.

Answered by  | 1st May, 2013, 04:37: PM

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