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    Describe the processes by which the skin helps regulate body temperature.

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    The skin regulates the body temperature in several ways. To cool the body, the skin uses an evaporative system consisting of sweat and surface area. Evaporation requires energy. This means it must go from a liquid to a gas. In doing so, the water molecules absorb energy and take it with them. By sweating, the skin covers the body with a thin layer of water that is then free to evaporate from the warm skin. The sweat carries away energy in the form of heat, thus cooling the body. The more surface area over which evaporative cooling occurs, the faster and more ...

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    This solution looks at how the skin helps regulate body temperature. It reviews the mechanisms involved in both cooling and warming the skin.