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To: All; blam
I'll tell y'all one thing: ice is one facinating substance. It is simultaneously the blackest and whitest body known.

It is the whitest substance known in that its albedo is uniformly high across the whole spectrum (reflecting all electromagnetic radiation with equal vigor), however, it absorbs IR like nothing else known (and so is a perfect blackbody. Its plausible that I could be wrong on all that (considering that I'm self taught on all that). But that notwithstanding, water is some pretty wonderfully facinating stuff.

E.g. if but for that little density hook thing, no life on this planet could exist (all the lakes would freeze solid ffom bottom up). I'm certain this would cause no shortage of consternation to would-be ice fisherman.

5 posted on 02/20/2006 11:03:25 PM PST by raygun
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To: raygun

..and the only substance which increases in volume when it freezes.

my 0.02$


7 posted on 02/20/2006 11:27:48 PM PST by Banjoguy (I refuse to 'Google' anything at anytime.)
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To: raygun
But that notwithstanding, water is some pretty wonderfully facinating stuff.

In addition to its characteristics as ice, it also has some uniques qualities in the high temperature ranges also.

12 posted on 02/21/2006 12:42:09 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: raygun
It is simultaneously the blackest and whitest body known.

But snow flakes are always white so Al Sharpton is threatening to sue.


BUMP

39 posted on 02/26/2006 5:27:23 AM PST by capitalist229 (Keep Democrats out of our pockets and Republicans out of our bedrooms.)
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