Weekly Writing Challenge: Ice, Water, Steam

I have such a different appreciation for H2O after taking a college-level chemistry course.

waterH2OĀ is actually the perfect example of somethingĀ that comes inĀ vastly different forms. In its gas state, it’s invisible water vapor. As a liquid, it’s one of the most vital substances for life on this planet. And as a solid, the H2O molecules form a crystal lattice that resultsĀ in ice actually expanding in size rather thanĀ condensing.

2000px-H2O_Polarization_V.1.svgNone of this would be possible if it weren’t for oxygen’s high electronegativity and the fact that it is a polar molecule.

It’s actually pretty amazing for such a simple molecule. Without the small interactions between the hydrogen atomsĀ in H2O,Ā water’s high specific heat would be much lower and most of the water would evaporate from the planet and be lost to the universe.

I apologize for this VERY literal response. I couldn’t resist.

(Weekly WritingĀ Challenge: Ice, Water, Steam)


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