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How do you melt ice?

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The application of a sufficient amount of heat melts ice. As a solid, the molecules of ice occupy a relatively stable crystal lattice structure. A lot of heat is required to break the bonds, and only then does the temperature start to rise and the ice melt.

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Placing ice in water at room temperature starts the melting process. Adding the appropriate solutes, such as salt or sugar, lowers the freezing point, which requires a lower water temperature in order for the crystal lattice to form. Other methods for melting ice include spreading urea, sand, ground coffee or alfalfa meal on the ground.

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