• Question: Why is ice clear and snow white?

    Asked by n3rdy to Gopal, Becky on 28 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Gopal Ramchurn

      Gopal Ramchurn answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      Snow is white because it is able to reflect all colours of light – it has a molecular structure that is less dense than ice and is less well structured than ice and therefore reflects light. Ice is has much better arranged molecules and therefore lets light through.