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There is 75 square meter of gas exchanging surface area that exists in the lungs. It is more or less the size of a standard tennis court.

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Emphysema is a destruction of the alveoli of the lungs. What effect does this have on the surface area of the lungs?

It effectively reduces the surface area.

Why do alveoli provide a large surface area?

The function of alveuli is to provide a surface for gas exchange. Therefore, a large surface area means that there is a lot of area for the gas exchange to take place. Therefore it is to improve efficiency of gas exchange in the lungs (exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen). The large surface area is due to the shape of the alveoli- the have many small "pockets".

Emphysema is a destruction of the alveoli of the lungs what effect does this have on the surface area of the lungs?

It decreases the effective surface area of the lungs, so less gas will be exchanged during each breath.

Do lungs have a large exposed surface area?

Your lungs have very large surface area. About 100 square meters or 1100 square feet.

What do alveoli do to the surface area of the lungs?

The alveoli increase the surface area of the lungs so gases can diffuse across it faster for a quicker rate of respiration.

Why do the carbon samples have no surface area?

They do. All matter that exists has some surface area. A carbon sample must have some surface area - not zero.

Do gills have a larger surface area than lungs?

no, they do not lungs are much larger

What effect does emphysema have on the surface of the lungs?

It reduces the surface area because it reduces the number of alveolar sacs in a persons lungs.

There are millions of alveoli in the lungs they provide a very large surface area why is a large surface area necessary?

By having millions of these tiny sacs, the surface area of the lungs is vastly increased. This adaprtation enables a greater volume of air to breathed in, in each breath. An increased surface area allows for more diffusion to take place between the lungs and the blood.

How does the diaphragm work to allow the lungs to inflate?

the diaphragm increases the surface area for the lungs to inflate

How does black lung disease affect the respiratory system?

Black Lung disease works by building up coal dust on the surface area of your lungs, therefore reducing the overall surface area of your lungs and reducing the efficency of the lungs.

What provides a large surface area for gas exchange?

Your lungs provide a very large surface area for gas exchange.

How does height affect vital capacity?

due to surface area. if you are taller your lungs will have a greater surface area which will raise the volume.

Which feature is common to gills lungs and tracheae?

Large surface area

Name one organ in your body which has a large surface area?


What is the total alveolar surface area in the lungs of human beings?


Do the lungs have a high or low surface area to volume ratio?

High - each branch inside the lungs sub-divides many, many times. This dramatically increases the surface area in relation to the actual volume.

Why does emphysema cause severe breathlessness?

because the surface area of the lungs are is reduced

What would the surface area of all the alveoli in the lungs be in square meters?


What structures enable your lungs to have a very large surface area?

Tiny sacs that line the ends if our bronchioles, called alveoli. By enlarging the surface area-to-volume ratio, a greater volume of gases can be exchanged in the lungs.

Why it is important that there are many air sac in your lungs?

the more sacks the more surface area which means a greater surface area for oxygen absorbtion and CO2 excretion

Why are sponge lungs better than hollow lungs?

Because they have a greater surface area over which gaseous exchange can take place.

How does the structure of the lungs of the lungs help it do its job?

The large surface area of the aveoli allow for lots of gas exchange to happen at once.

How does your body adapt surface area-to-volume ratios to help exchange gases?

By providing a large area in the lungs.

In what way are lungs arranged so that they have a large surface area?

The lungs have an extensive surface area, measuring around 30-50 square meters. This is in large part due to alveoli, which are smaller structures within each lobe of the lung.