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Unformatted text preview: water is less dense than liquid water, or ice floats. (This is also because of hydrogen bonding.) Liquid Water Ice What do these temperature properties mean for living organisms? Water provides a more stable environment, in terms of temperature, both inside and outside of cells, in a world of fluctuating temperatures. Life can occur in lakes in temperate areas, since the frozen ice at the top of the lake in winter serves to insulate the water below. Also, if ice sunk, the organisms might find themselves out of a home, flopping on the surface of a solid block of ice. .. The process of evaporation is used by many organisms to maintain appropriate body temperature. (Sweating, for example)...
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