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Ugly Face; Dead Body

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Ugly Face; Dead Body by Zacari Ingram
Your grandmother might be the prettiest woman in your family but when she dies it’s a different story. Make-up might be applied to her face at the funeral, but make-up soon washes away. . . Once a person dies, they're appearance DOES change.
How does it begin?
One way that an appearance might change die to death, is something called Pallor Mortis.  According to http://en.wikipedia.org, it is Latin for paleness of death. It is a postmortem (after death) paleness which happens in those with light skin almost instantly (in the 15–120 minutes after the death), because of a lack of capillary(blood cells) circulation throughout the body. This means that since the body isn't pumping blood anymore, paleness in the skin occurs.  Paleness develops so rapidly after death.
After Pallor Mortis, the body goes through a metamorphosis. Continuing after, Algor Mortis begins to occur. The body begins cool. This means that the body is starting to cool down and slowly beginning to freeze because blood and oxygen is not being flowed throughout the body. A measured rectal temperature can give some indication of the time of death, which means that if given a temperature from the buttocks, a person can infer when the person had passed away (according to http://www.deathreference.com)
Following after Algor Mortis, Rigor Mortis takes place. The joints of the body stiffen and become locked in place. This stiffening is called rigor mortis. This means that a great amount of time has elapsed without blood being pumped throughout the body, that being said the joints and muscles in the body being to stiffen and then completely lock. Heat sources can speed up the process of rigor mortis such as fire. So if you come across a news article that stated someone had died due to being caught on fire, chances are they’re muscles are locked in place, according to http://chemistry.about.com.
The Final Chapter: How does it end?
Subsequent to Rigor Mortis, Decomposition occurs.  Decomposition is the process by which dead tissues of an organism (human, plant, or animal) break down into simpler forms of matter, which means that the skin and body starts to break down into basic dust and dirt. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Decomposition begins at the moment of death. At this stage it is caused by two factors: autopsies, the breaking down of tissues by the body's own internal chemicals and enzymes; and putrefaction, the breakdown of tissues by bacteria. These processes release gases that are the chief (main) source of the characteristic odor (stink) of dead bodies. As decomposition occurs, the internal body temperature tends to rise again. They find that flies lay their eggs in wounds on dead bodies, and maggots appear before 30 hours at about 23ºC. The rate in which decomposition happens is 2 x (7.5X10^-3 - 1.5x10^-3) / (40-10) = 4.0x10^-4 M/s. Some tissues, such as bones, teeth, and hair, are more resistant to the action of microorganisms and other environmental factors and may last for centuries. For example, Ancient Egyptian mummies. Ancient Egyptians used chemicals to preserve the body, almost stopping to process of decomposition. Although we look live and plentiful while we are alive, our appearance changes vastly throughout the death process. Unless you want your looks to change; don’t die!

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one question i have about

one question i have about your article was why you chose this because this was a very interesting topic to speak about and this is honestly the first time I read something like this!

Haha, thanks. I chose it

Haha, thanks. I chose it because i was really questioning the reason why bodies (and most importantly, faces) change after people pass away .

im cool

im cool

JT