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A brinicle is a column of ice that forms in seawater.[1] The name is a combination of the words "brine", which means saltwater, and "icicle".[2] A brinicle starts forming from the top of the water down.[3] A brinicle freezes everything in its way as it forms.[3] It can reach the bottom of the ocean, where it can also form ice on the seabed.[4] It is dangerous to sea stars and sea urchins living on the bottom of the ocean.[4] They move too slowly to get out of the way.[4] They are very rare and only occur in places where it is very cold, such as Antarctica.[5]

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  1. Douglas Main (April 26, 2013). "How Eerie Sea Ice 'Brinicles' Form". LiveScience. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  2. "brinicle". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "This Might Be The Most Bizarre Underwater Phenomena You Will Ever See. The Ice Finger Of Death!". Unique Facts. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Becky Evans (25 April 2013). "'Icicles of death' discovered deep in polar oceans could hold clues to the origins of first life on Earth". Daily Mail. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  5. Jeffrey Marlow (May 7, 2013). "Swimming Beneath the Brinicles, in Antarctica". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved February 6, 2017.

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