Explain how the properties of water are significant to living organisms.

24 Aug
  • Water has a high specific heat capacity. This thermal property of water allows it to store energy as heat. This is significant to living organisms because they use water to cool down.
  • Water has a high surface tension. Because of this, living organisms can use water as their habitat.  Additionally, it allows organisms such as insects to travel on its surface without sinking.
  • Water’s solvent property allows organisms to use water to transport substances and allows dissolved substances to react easily with one another.
  • Lastly, the transparency of water is significant to plants because it allows sunlight to penetrate through the water for photosynthesis. It is also significant to animals because they are able to see in water.
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