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Is there always a liquid surface between a solid and gas?

  1. Jan 24, 2016 #1
    So I'm reading that ice (solid) always has a liquid surface if it's surrounded by a gas. Does this mean every solid (e.g., my dining room table) also has a liquid surface because it's surrounded by gas? It doesn't seem to have a liquid surface. :-/ If something sublimes it skips this phase so I assume it's not true that every solid has a liquid surface. If I cool water ice to say 1 K it's hard to imagine there's liquid at the surface unless the vapor pressure was crazy low, no? Thanks for any insight. :)
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  3. Jan 24, 2016 #2
  4. Jan 24, 2016 #3


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    In short: it doesn't.

    (and you will find much more elaborate explanation at the link Dr. Courtney posted).
  5. Jan 24, 2016 #4
    Thanks. :)
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