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Re: Does ice float in hot water?

Date: Tue Aug 1 15:13:41 2000
Posted By: John Link, Physics
Area of science: Physics
ID: 965142697.Ph

The density of water (at atmospheric pressure) goes from 1.000 g cm-3 at 4o C down to 0.958 g cm-3 at 100o C, according to "Smithsonian Physical Tables. Ice, however, has a density of 0.917 g cm-3, so it will float even in water that is on the verge of boiling.

By the way, I have actually tried this, so I know by experience that it is true!!

John Link, MadSci Physicist

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