Why is it that when you erase a chalk board, the area where the chalk used to be becomes the cleanest? By that I mean that when you erase a chalk drawing, the board gets smeared with chalk dust, but the area where the drawing used to be has less dust on it than the rest of the board.
For example: In the first picture below I draw a simple chalk smiley face. Here the face is noticeable because it is the area with the most chalk. For the second picture, I erase it. You can still make out the picture, but notice that you recognize it because it is now the area with the least chalk.
I would expect that if chalk was stuck to a certain region of a chalk board, then after erasing it, some chalk residue would remain, but instead it seems like the opposite happens. I don't have a good answer for this problem.