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Posted by Paul R. Martin on August 27, 2002 21:49:25 UTC

Hi Scott,

Since thoughts are all you are asking for, here are mine.

It would seem to me that at body temperature and near zero pressure, the water in the cells and in the blood would be above the boiling point. So, I would expect some of the water to instantly boil. This would rapidily increase the pressure in each cell and in the vascular system. Now the question arises as to whether or not the surrounding tissues are strong enough to contain this pressure at a level that will keep the remaining water below the boiling point.

My guess would be that the cells and surrounding tissue would puff up as a result of the vaporization of some water but that the tissue would be strong enough to contain the pressure. But I would also guess that the vascular system would have a leak or a blowout somewhere, maybe in the nasal tissues, and all the water in the blood would boil out through that leak. After that, I guess the puffed up body would gradually freeze dry as you suggest.

Bear in mind all that was strictly guesswork. I am not an expert in any part of it.

Warm regards,


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