Iceskating Defies The Laws Of Science
Every winter, thousands of people around the world put on a pair of ice skates and defy the laws of science. You’re likely one of those people who propel themselves on an icy surface on a blustery, winter night. Around 9.5 million people go ice skating every year, and even though it lacks a concrete, scientific explanation, many people still embark on the adventure. Scientists previously believed the pressure of the skates lowered the temperature of the ice. In turn, this would melt the ice, enabling the skater to glide. However, this theory did not hold up, since it would take a lot more pressure to melt the ice. One working theory is that the blade glides with little friction over the ice, where water molecules are not bound as tightly (NSF).