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I used food coloring in ice to test what color would melt the fastest. My findings were 2 of the 3 times Yellow melted faster than the other 3 primary colors. Do you have some kind of facts to support why the lightest color woudl melt fastest instead of the darker color?
The lighter the color the more light reflected and hence the darker the
color the more light absorbed. Therefore if melting different colors of
ice theoretically the darker colors should melt faster as they are
absorbing more light. This is also why we wear lighter colors in the
summer to stay cool. The light is reflected off of our clothing.
It is possible that the color you see as light may actually be
absorbing more of the light than the one you see as dark, since there's
some subjective estimation involved. However, it's hard to do
experiments like this in a carefully controlled way, to make sure the
differences aren't just form accidental differences in the size of the
ice cubes or the patterns of warm airflow, etc. Just to see if there's
any effect at all, you might want to compare ice with no dye to ice
with a mixture of all three primary pigments. If the absorbed light is
important, the dark cubes should melt sooner than the clear ones.
(published on 10/22/2007)
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