Water

Four key concepts that explain 

water's 

powerful role in life


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Flickr,  Taken on Feb 5, 2013.

Water is not just important for life 

water creates life

The bonding between two water molecules takes place with one small hydrogen atom holding two large oxygen atoms close together. 

Because of water, atoms, ions, and molecules are kept separate. But water also brings those together, at ultrafast speeds.

Water is not just H2O; it also exists as H3O+ and OH-. Because of this ability, it can induce other atoms to have fluidly different states.

Water exists in multiple states. Each of those (ice, liquid water, water vapor, and steam) have their role in creating and supporting life.

Properties of Water 

A very unusual bond: water's hydrogen bond

Water: an incredibly easy fluid to make connections

Water: the unique ability of creating three molecules from one

Water easily and quickly transforms from one state into another

Juman Hijab

About the Author

My lifelong interest has been in the chemistry of living cells. By training, I am a physician, and at heart, I remain a clinician. If the ideas described here create new ways of approaching disease, it will be worth all the time and effort that has gone into producing this work. 


Life is chemistry.

I am a regular contributor to Life’s Chemistry Press. This work developed over years, with a central goal of having the biochemistry and physiology of life make sense to many audiences. In writing, concepts have been drawn from multiple disciplines. 

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