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Offline Echofon

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Why do my fingers and toes wrinkle in water?
« on: 23/09/2010 03:06:21 »
Why do my fingers, palms, toes, etc. wrinkle after prolonged exposure to being submerged in water? This is such a weird trait they have, why do they do that?
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Re: Why do my fingers and toes wrinkle in water?
« Reply #1 on: 23/09/2010 19:39:43 »
Why do my fingers, palms, toes, etc. wrinkle after prolonged exposure to being submerged in water? This is such a weird trait they have, why do they do that?

Skin is porous that excretes oils. These oils make water bead up, but also wash away which the body replaces. Soaking the skin in water long enough will disolve these oils in time and the the last layer of skin will start absorbing the water. The layers of skin ar tightly attached together.

"The outermost layer of the skin swells when it absorbs water. It is tightly attached to the skin underneath, so it compensates for the increased area by wrinkling."



http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/wrinkles.html
 

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