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  • qtkat

    September 14, 2000 at 9:14 am

    I love that site. It’s soooo fun and interesting.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 14, 2000 at 9:18 am

      yeah… I just read it to see what’s there, whether or not I’ve played the game, read the book, listened to the album, etc… 🙂

      It’s great! 😉

  • sirreal13

    September 14, 2000 at 9:52 am

    I know that pure phosphorus can ignite spontaneously upon exposure to air at 30 degrees celsius. The firefighting recommendations say “deluge with water” so I would guess it doesn’t explode in water 🙂

    Perhaps you’re thinking of potassium metal? It reacts in water to form potassium hydroxide, lots of heat and hydrogen. The heat, hydrogen and air react to go KerFlooey!!!!&*@#

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 14, 2000 at 9:57 am

      The guys at work here were arguing about whether or not phosphorus explodes in water. I figured it would be easier to find out from a 3rd party, since they got me curious and they don’t agree. One thought that phosphorus would explode if you exposed it to air, the other thought to water.

      Potassium metal? What do they use that for? (I’m full of questions today…)

      • scottobear

        September 14, 2000 at 10:00 am

        sodium explodes in water

        phosphorus goes up in warm air. you can put out a phosphorus fire with foam, but I believe that if the water is too warm, it won’t stop burning, as it’s a useful additive to napalm. burns righ tto the bone, even if you jump inthe river.

      • sirreal13

        September 17, 2000 at 6:31 am

        Re: K (potassium)

        Pure potassium is used to make reagents for organic chemical synthesis. It is so useful because it is so reactive.