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In a Jules Verne novel, a piece of ice is shaped into a magnifying lens to focus sunlight to start a fire. Is that possible?

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It is possible to make a converging lens of ice and it will work similarly as the lens made of glass only difference will be that it will have different focal length and power as compared to the lens made of glass.

Ice is a strong absorber of infrared radiation thus the lens made of ice can converge light but can't start fire. As before the fire starts, the lens will melt into water.

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