If I break off the bottom half of an icicle, will the top half melt faster?  



  • $\begingroup$ Yes, the bottom surface of the top-half icicle will be exposed to the (supposed) warm air instead of being supposed to the low temperature of the lower-half icicle. $\endgroup$ – Sofia Feb 22 '15 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is of a too low level, not fit for this site standard $\endgroup$ – Sofia Feb 22 '15 at 19:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Sofia That is technically not a valid reason to close a question. $\endgroup$ – JamalS Feb 22 '15 at 19:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Sofia: To second JamalS's comment, the site is intended for all levels of physics questions (link to the help page). $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Feb 22 '15 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ @ACuriousMind: I spent a few hours hacking off the bottoms, then immediately wondered if I'd been overlooking anything important about the effectiveness of this strategy and posted the question. Therefore a) there was no time for observation and b) even if there had been, there was no control group, so the observation wouldn't have told me anything anyway. $\endgroup$ – WillO Feb 22 '15 at 22:03

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