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Those that have a weight smaller than the upthrust they experience when placed in water (linked to the law of flotation and the formula for pressure).Just a foot note to my learned friends insight Most compounds that float in water interface with their largest surface area to waters excess energy pathways.
examples

  • cork floats because it's lighter than water
  • an aircraft carrier made of metal can still float because it's surface area is large and the average weight of the steel and the air inside the boat is low enough to allow floatation

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