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Q & A: boiling point

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
why does an egg boil faster at sea level?
- Anonymous (age 13)
HOLLEY, NY
A:
when we are at sea level, the air is thicker than in the mountains. That keeps the water at higher pressure at sea level than on a mountain. At lower pressure, water boils at a lower tempurature. since the temperature of the water is responsible for cooking the egg, it will take longer at a higher altitude than at sea level.

anon. + Mike W.

(published on 10/22/2007)

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