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Salt block unexpectedly stretches in Sandia experiments
Date:6/24/2009

That is, because there's no atomic lattice above them, they're more mobile than the internal body of salt molecules forming the salt block.

Salt showing signs of surface mobility at room temperatures was "totally surprising," said Houston, who had initially intended to study more conventionally interesting characteristics of the one-fourth-inch square, one-eighth-inch-long salt block.


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Contact: Neal Singer
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505-845-7078
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
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