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What does Boyle's law cause on divers?

By definition, Boyle's law says that while the pressure on a given mass of gas increases, the volume will decrease. This way, Boyle's law refers to the way in which water causes a pressure effect on the human body which could even impede it from going further into it once certain depth has been reached.

A diver's body can be affected by Boyle's law due to the effect which pressure can have on it. But not all the organs and body will be affected equally, and actually some areas might not feel the effects at all. The way in which Boyle's law might affect divers and their bodies depends on the body area and organ.

The human body areas which can be affected by Boyle's law are those which contain air spaces. These areas which are vulnerable to be affected are called compressible, while those which do no contain air spaces and therefore can not be affected by the effects of Boyle's law are called non compressible.

The compressible body areas are all those which contain air such as air canals, lungs, sinuses nasal passages and hollow organs. By containing air, these areas are vulnerable to the effects which water pressure can have on it and therefore the diver would suffer the consequences explained by Boyle's law in them.

On the other hand, the non compressible organs are those which do not contain air in them such as muscles, blood, bones, heart, kidneys or liver and the diver would not feel the effects of pressure in them. Besides this, in some of the compressible organs Boyle’s law does not cause its effects as intensively than in others, and therefore, a diver might feel the effects of pressure very intensive in some parts of his body, not very intensively in others and not at all in the non compressible ones.

This way, it is very important that divers foresee the problems which their bodies might have to face due to what Boyle's law says and this way prevent it from happening. If a diver is not prepared for it, water pressure would stop them from diving further than certain points by instantly causing them its effects on their compressible body areas.





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