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Q & A: performance art on ice

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Hello, if a very warm body (i.e from lying in very hot water or alternatively doing lots of exercise immedaitely before) were to lie on a block of ice, would the imprint of the body melt faster than the rest of the ice?
- Evie (age 20)
London, UK
Obviously yes.However, since the latent heat of the ice-water transition is very large making an impression a couple inches deep would require so much heat that whoever tried it would be in serious danger from hypothermia (getting too cold).

Mike W.

(published on 10/22/2007)

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