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Winter Wonders: Ice and Snow as Art Forms

Great things about winter weather in cold places:

1. No mosquitoes.

2. The quiet that accompanies just-fallen snow, since a thick, fluffy layer of snow absorbs sound waves (technically, damping their oscillation).

3. The all-new look ice and snow bring to familiar surroundings.

Plus, if you turn artists loose in the cold you get amazing results. To wit:

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An illuminated tower of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The 29th incredible Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China opened Jan. 5. It runs through Feb. 25.

View some dazzling photos galleries of the festival from ABC News, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, people are looking forward to this:

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Ice sculpture at a past St. Paul (Minn.) Winter Carnival. (Photo: Christine Wisch)

The 2013 version of the carnival is scheduled for Jan. 24-Feb. 3. Neat stuff. Worth a little shivering.

Posted on at 9:00 AM

Tagged: Snow, Winter, art and ice

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