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1 January 2017 Surface-Area-to-Volume Ratios, Fluid Dynamics & Gas Diffusion: Four Frogs & Their Oxygen Flux
Marcel Robischon
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Processes of diffusion of oxygen can be described in a formalized and simplified manner in formulas such as Fick's laws of diffusion. For a sound understanding of the interconnections of anatomical structure, biological function, and environmental factors in a living system, however, real-life case studies need to be employed to explore what is captured in the equation and what is not, and which other structures and behaviors may play a role in respiratory physiology. I use four anuran examples to illustrate, starting with Fick's first law, respiratory processes as influenced by surface-area-to-volume ratio and turbulence in the surrounding medium.

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Marcel Robischon "Surface-Area-to-Volume Ratios, Fluid Dynamics & Gas Diffusion: Four Frogs & Their Oxygen Flux," The American Biology Teacher 79(1), 64-67, (1 January 2017). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.1.64
Published: 1 January 2017
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