Water

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  • WATER
    • SOLVENT
      • Metabolic processes rely on chemicals reacting in solution
    • LIQUID
      • Movemnt of materials around organisms requires a liquid transport medium
    • COHESION
      • water molecules stick to each other creating surface tension
      • makes long thin water columns strong and difficult to break
    • FREEZING
      • forms ice on surface. water beneath ice is insulated and less likely to freeze
    • THERMAL STSBILITY
      • large bodies of water have fairly constant temperatures
      • evaporation of water can cool surfaces by removing heat
    • METABOLIC
      • takes part as a reactant in some chemical processes

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