why ice has a cage like structure?

Asked by greatnalin | 5th Apr, 2011, 03:28: AM

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X-ray studies have shown that in ice, four hydrogen atoms tetrahedrally surround each oxygen atom, in such a way that two hydrogen atoms are linked to oxygen atom by covalent bonds (These lie closer to the oxygen atom at a distance of 1.00 Å.) and the other two hydrogen atoms are linked to the central oxygen atom by hydrogen bonds. (These lie away from oxygen atom at a distance of 1.76Å.) The hydrogen atoms of water molecules are located at the corners of tetrahedron.

 

 
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Answered by  | 5th Apr, 2011, 05:58: PM

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