Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Frozen Tundra Science Fun

Boil one cup of water.  Go outside and toss the water up into the air away from your body.

 

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If the temperature is cold enough (minus 20 in this case), this is what happens.

 

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As the boiling water meets the cold air, it instantly vaporizes.  Most of it is turned into a cloud of steam that drifts gently away and some of the droplets that stay together are instantly turned into small pieces of ice that can be seen streaking down towards the bottom left in this photograph.

 

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And all you’re left with is a cloud of water vapor.

 

Pretty cool, huh?

4 comments:

Tina said...

Okay so the song "Weird Science" is playing in my head! Loved this!

Mark said...

I'm guessing you don't have much yellow snow up there then . . . lol.
- Dad -

Linda said...

Girl, you are speaking my language. I love science experiments. I don't think it gets cold enough here, but I am glad about that. Thanks for sharing. Did you check out my snowflake post? You and your boys could defintely do that. Stay warm.

texasholly said...

OK, as a Texan I can say that that is INSANE.