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The Physics of Light in Air and Water

Ronald H. H. Kröger

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0008
The Physics of Light in Air and Water

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This chapter discusses the visual systems of aquatic animals. It examines the physics of light and describes the physical factors influencing vision in air and water. It also discusses absorption and scattering of light, refraction, specific weight, density and viscosity, shocks and abrasion, heat capacity, and osmolarity.

Keywords: vision; light; refraction; specific weight; density; viscosity; shocks; abrasion; heat capacity; osmolarity

Chapter.  3267 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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