Evaporation


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Posted by Harold Ericsson on March 18, 2004 at 12:57:16:

My understanding of evaporation in the Death Valley region comes from my experiences with an outdoor shower I constructed at Indian Ranch in the Panamint Valley. The shower worked fine in the spring and was more than satisfactory in the fall, it was a little chilly in the winter, but it was in the summer that I had a problem, or at least what I first considered a problem. The water coming out of the showerhead was fine, but because of extreme evaporation rates the water never reached below my waist! To say I was disappointed in my shower would be an understatement, after all, it was summer and after a morning of chores a shower was not just a luxury, it was a necessity. Then I realized that I could take a shower without removing my shoes or taking off my trousers: pull off my T-shirt and turn on the water, it was as simple as that. And no fear of offending the unknowing visitor to my desert abode.
Iíve been told by experienced desert dwellers that these summer time desert phenomena may be the basis for the naming of Dirty Socks, but this is, I believe, merely conjecture.
Birdman


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