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Why is it

that when things get wet, they get darker even though water is clear?


Asked by salexander at 11:24 AM on Jun. 30, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (6)
  • Good question. Dyes or pigments in them?

    Answer by Angellinda at 11:25 AM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Most object have rough surfaces so we "see" the object by light from all directions that is reflected (diffuse reflection) in the direction of our eyes. When an objects is wet the water fills in the roughness so the light incident on it is reflected in only one direction like from a mirror or a piece of glass, so usually less light is reflected in the direction of our eyes so it looks darker. Objects that already have smooth shiny surfaces do not look darker when wet

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 11:32 AM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • because its absorbing the liquid?

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 11:25 AM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • hahaha

    i have no answer.

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 11:26 AM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Yeah that is a good question.

    Answer by mamaofficer at 11:28 AM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • hmm, now you have me wondering!

    Answer by serioussifL at 11:53 AM on Jun. 30, 2010