A structure that becomes permanent once it emerged.
Frozen structures are a result of dissipative structuration in systems far-from-equilibrium. They are characterized by a content and enclosed into a boundary.
I. PRIGOGINE describes the process leading to frozen structures: "If the appearance of a certain sequence involves overcoming a barrier, then the peculiar conditions at the appropriate time will create a particular sequence that will then dominate and become permanent" (1984, p.55).
One of the examples given by this author is "The spontaneous appearance of certain sequences of RNA, depending on the environmental conditions, (that) has been investigated and experimentally demonstrated by Manfred EIGEN" (Ibid).
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