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The molecules/atoms move far apart. As the separation between paricles increase, the state is changed. The temperature does not rise because the heat is used to overcome inter-molecular forces.

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Nothing, a state change as the one you described above is merely the loosening and quickening of the atoms in a material. Nothing takes the place of the area it occupied as a solid.

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This physical phenomenon (a change of phase) is called melting; during melting the chemical nature of molecules is not changed.

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This change in the state of matter (solid to liquid) is called melting; it is a physical change, the chemical nature of the molecules is not changed.

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