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keratin. As well as a greasy sebum, secreted by sebaceous glands,
Tiara Francis asked the Naked Scientists: Hi I'm Tiara Francis from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, WI one of the many Caribbean Islands.My question is about the human skin; What about this organ causes it to be waterproof when the person is alive and easily 'water retaining' if the person is dead and found in a body of water over a period of time?What do you think?
Quote from: Chemistry4me on 29/01/2009 22:37:26keratin. As well as a greasy sebum, secreted by sebaceous glands, Is this the one that keeps temperature up?
okay hi again! Just to clarify myself I did mean an actual corpse of a person retaining (swelling up with) water, if say when this person is retrieved from a sunk car for example!
Quote from: erickejah on 31/01/2009 00:12:35Quote from: Chemistry4me on 29/01/2009 22:37:26keratin. As well as a greasy sebum, secreted by sebaceous glands, Is this the one that keeps temperature up?  Haven't you asked a similar question to this in another thread?
But you know now how temperature is monitored right?
The reason bodies bloat (regardless of whether the bodies were in the water or not) is due to a process known as putrefaction.
After prolonged immersion, the outer layer of skin could become completely separated from the feet and the hands and come off like a glove or sock.
Hmmm very interesting...If you can please talk a little bit more about putrefaction and its effect on skin.