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Re: How was ice made during a rain storm in the dessert?

Date: Wed Jan 21 15:21:58 2009
Posted By: Abhilash Jayan, , 11th Grade, Bishop Cotton Boys'' School
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1232093706.Ch

Electrolytes, specifically salt and fertilizer dust sometimes are known to bring down the temperature of water or other liquids instantly. This could be one possible reason as to why that something strange like that happened. Another reason, is that raining in hot temperatures, with little humidity, the water quickly tries to absorb as much heat as possible from the surroundings and evaporate. This behavior of water could also be a reason for this strange sighting. A better explanation could be a combination of both these factors. Thanks and Regards, Abhilash J Markkassery, Student, UT Arlington.

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