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Water has a high specific heat so it does not change temperature rapidly, which helps living systems maintain a near-constant temperature. Water’s high heat of vaporization allows cooling by evaporation. Solid water is less dense than liquid water because the hydrogen bonds space the molecules farther apart. Polar molecules are soluble in a water solution, but water tends to exclude nonpolar molecules. Water dissociates to form H+ and OH−.
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