Minecraft’s in-game world is full of different geographical features called biomes. These biomes represent diverse landscapes like deserts, forests, plains, and mountains like the real world.
The different biomes have their weather conditions, giving the game an opportunity to create more blocks. In this article, we’re talking about the Ice block in Minecraft and looking at how to melt ice in Minecraft.
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Ice in Minecraft
Ice is a naturally occurring translucent solid block found in snowy biomes. It can also be found in igloos, ice spikes, icebergs, snow slopes, and the landscape in the frozen peaks biomes.
In terms of usage, you won’t find much for ice. For the most part, it’s a decorational block you can use in construction in any of the cold biomes. Ice can also be used to craft the two other ice blocks in the game — packed and blue ice.
Ice in Minecraft, however, is slippery. This means all entities (except minecarts) will slide causing increased speed of items in water currents by placing the ice block just under the water current. This can be used to create sort of a boat highway as boats travel at 33-45 m/s on average on ice as compared to the 8m/s speed on water.
Ice melts into water if the light level immediately adjacent to it is higher than 11. However, this light needs to be coming from a source other than the sun. If you’re playing the Educational or Bedrock editions, ice will also melt when kept next to a heat block, even though they do not produce light.
Another way to convert ice into water is by breaking it down. Ice can be broken with any tool, but pickaxes work the fastest. If you want to get ice blocks without breaking ice, you’re going to have to use a tool with the Silk Touch Enchantment.
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