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What is the boiling point of fresh water?
- Caroline (age 12)
Crossing Middle School
Pure water, at one atmosphere of pressure, boils at 100 degrees Celsius
-- that's the definition of what 100 degrees Celsius means. That
corresponds to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Adding impurities to the water will raise the boiling point, and
lowering the atmospheric pressure will lower the boiling point. What
counts as "fresh" water may include lots of impurities ("fresh" water
just means not very salty).
(republished on 07/24/06)
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