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Survival of Fish in Freezing Water

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Fish produce glycerol to survive the freezing waters of the Arctic. Determine the degree to which the freezing point of blood and other biological fluids is lowered with the help of glycerol. What is the ideal concentration range of glycerol required to achieve this?

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Fishes and Glycerol

Some fishes can produce extremely high levels of glycerol in their blood. Glycerol is a gentle, non-toxic 3-carbon alcohol. So, unlike many other potential solutes and antifreeze, it can be highly abundant without damaging cells and or contents. At high concentrations, glycerol is an effective antifreeze agent and ...

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This solution discusses the survival of fish in arctic conditions with a particular reference to the presence of glycerol in the blood.

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