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Mother Nature paints sun roof with beautiful array of ice crystals

Mother Nature paints sun roof with beautiful array of ice crystals

Imagine coming out to your car one frigid morning, ice scraper in hand, only to find this amazing display of ice crystals on your sunroof? Would you be tempted to just not turn on the heat in your car and freeze on your way to work in an effort to preserve the delicate natural art work?

YouNews contributor Drex Zimmerman snapped these photos of his car's sunroof, taken on the morning of Nov. 3 in Roy.

"It had the appearance of a vast frozen landscape captured by a satellite photo," he wrote. Hmm, that's actually not a bad description!

The intricate patterns are caused as the water freezes onto the glass -- changes in temperature and wind can affect the progression of the water freezing into ice. The glass surface can also come into play if it's not either perfectly clean or has miniscule imperfections on the surface. Add it all up, and you get a somewhat random freezing pattern that can turn oh, so gorgeous.

Here is a good explanation on how some of these patterns can form.

Here are some more photos he submitted: