You know about solid, liquid and gas states of water, right? And maybe you’ve heard of a fourth state called plasma. Well, physicists have discovered that liquid water as we know it has properties different that we had originally thought at certain temperatures.
Researchers have now found that between the temps 104 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit water has properties that it does not have at colder temperatures. These include changes in thermal conductivity, refractive index, conductivity, surface tension, and the efficiency of an electric field that can spread through a substance – and response to differences in temperature between 0 and 100 degrees Celsius.
Physicist Philip Ball points out in Nature:”No one really understands water, it’s embarrassing to admit it, but the stuff that covers two-thirds of our planet is still a mystery. Worse, the more we look, the more the problems accumulate: new techniques probing deeper into the molecular architecture of liquid water are throwing up more puzzles.”
More information here: International Journal of Nanotechnology.