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Does ice melt faster in water or air?
The answer to this question really depends on the temperature of the water and the air.
If the air and the water are both at the same temperature (let's say room temperature), then the ice cube put into water will melt faster than the one left in air. This is because water is better at transferring heat to the ice cube than air is. You can try this experiment yourself.
By making the air hot and the water cold, you could also arrange for the ice cube in air to melt first.
(republished on 07/25/06)
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