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Message 5 of 100 (154972)
11-01-2004 3:47 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by RustyShackelford
11-01-2004 2:18 PM


the only substance in existance which expands when frozen

Urban legend. The element bismuth and several of its alloys do that too. They're exceptionally crappy solvents, but they expand when they freeze.
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Message 14 of 100 (155094)
11-01-2004 10:02 PM


But life wouldn't have evolved very far if ice contracted, correct, since the ice would have killed more complicated (I.E. less harty) life forms?

It's not so terribly hard to imagine a world where the temperature never gets below 5 degrees Celsius, and ice doesn't happen...
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