Why in desert areas, the earth surface warms up quickly during the day and cools quickly at night? Explain in terms of specific heat capacity.

Asked by Theodosia Lourdes | 7th Apr, 2011, 11:24: PM

Expert Answer:

Dear student
The specific heat capacity of sand is quite low ( about five times less than that of water), hence a very little heat is required to raise its temperature; similarly it has to give out very less amount of heat to appeciably cause a fall in its temperature. As such, sand (deserts) get heated or cooled very rapidly.
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Answered by  | 8th Apr, 2011, 11:05: AM

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