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high altitude flatus expulsion


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  • Ah yes. Good point, skip! Duh!

    September 20, 2009

  • I think this phenomenon hinges on the change in ambient pressure... body temperature and volume of produced gas are more or less constant - so the gas, expanding under less pressure, is wont to be expulsed with greater frequency than at sea level, or the otherwise normal altitude of the *participant*. It's been measured, as the Wikipedia source provided discusses...

    September 20, 2009

  • 98.6 is a pretty consistent temperature. Maybe mountaineers with hypothermia experience it differently.

    September 20, 2009

  • Well, that sounds nice, but I have my geekish doubts. Not about the existence of the phenomenon, but about the invocation of Boyle's Law as the explanation. After all, Boyle's law tells us about the behavior of a gas at constant temperature, which wouldn't seem to apply for mountaineers. Granted, commercial pilots exist in nice temperature-controlled cabins, but these are also pressure-controlled as well. So I think you'd have to ...

    Oh, never mind. Sometimes even I am annoyed by my own pickiness.

    September 19, 2009

  • Skipvia, you have to have a list for this somewhere. Firmament-clogging rottenness, perhaps?

    September 19, 2009

  • Sheer poetry.

    September 19, 2009

  • A curious illustration of Boyle's Law experienced by mountaineers, pilots, and others who experience high altitudes. Wikipedia.

    A.k.a. high altitude gas

    I initially read this as "explosion"....

    September 19, 2009