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why does snow not conduct electricity?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Snow will conduct electricity, just not as well as standing water. Metals like copper and aluminum are "good conductors" for there ability to pass electrons on a molecular level. "Semi-conductors" like silicon and germanium are used widely in modern electronics. Poor conductors like ceramic and glass are considered "insulators", but will still pass a very small amount of current. Even wood will pass some small amount of current, depending on how much voltage is applied to it. Overall, remember that the human body makes an ideal load for a circuit, the reason there are too many unnecessary accidents with electricity.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Water in liquid form can ONLY conduct electricity because of moving dissolved ions in the aqueous phase. Snow is solid, therefore does not allow as much movements of these ions as in liquid phase. Pure water is actually a poor electric conductor even in liquid phase.

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