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Caution: Wet Property! (Properties of Water)



Caution: Wet Property! (Properties of Water)
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     challenging words:    transparency, steeper, earth, uphill, striders, material, downhill, absorb, sphere, liquid, daily, pump, however, allow, form, actually


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Caution: Wet Property! (Properties of Water)
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     It's a liquid! It's an earth material! It's water! Water is one of the most important substances that comes from the earth, and humans and animals need it to survive. Most people think of water as a daily thirst quencher and dirt washer. However, that clear liquid in your bathtub and in your cup has many properties or qualities that we can see.
 
2     Water has transparency. This means that when you stick your finger into a cup of water, you should still see your finger through the water. If the water was not clear or did not have transparency, you would have a hard time trying to find your finger. Water has no shape, so it is able to become the shape of its container. If you poured water into a bowl that was shaped like a teddy bear, you would have water that looked like a teddy bear. However, once you pour the water out, it would not be shaped like a teddy bear.
 
3     Water also has movement or flow. The reason scientists call water a liquid is because it can be poured and it can flow or move over surfaces. Water always flows downhill, unless, there is a force or machine to push it uphill. Imagine if your parents asked you to wash their car. While you were completing this exciting job, you decide to point the water hose into the air. Where would the water go? Well, it would go up, of course, because of the pump pushing the water through the hose. However, like most things, the water will come down. If your driveway has even the slightest hill, the water will flow to the bottom of your driveway. The steeper or more slanted the hill, the faster the water will flow down that slope or hill.

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