The asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 9 years ago

How devastating would a chemical that ignites plain old water be?

-One drop of the stuff could set a swimming pool on fire

-What would the government do to the person responsible for developing this dooms day device?

Update:

-The chemical doesn't ignite; the water itself does

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  • Shadow
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    9 years ago
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    There's no such substance as you describe - and there can be no such substance.

    Edit:

    Water itself cannot burn. Therefore there's no way to "ignite" a pool full of it.

    There are many substances that react with water vigorously to produce flame or explosion, but when they are done reacting the reaction stops. To react with a swimming pool full of water, you'd need a similarly large amount of the other reactant - not just "a drop".

    As for your question about the consequences to a potential developer, governments don't generally punish people for merely discovering something. Misusing it in a criminal way would be another matter of course. Were such a dangerous and unique substance as you describe actually possible, though, I'm sure any government would be MOST interested in learning of it, acquiring it, and making sure its secret was kept safe. That last point is where a possible consequence for the developer might come in..... as in that he/she might be made to conveniently "disappear".

  • 9 years ago

    Ever heard of sodium? You know the naturally occuring element, well it burns in the air and explodes in water but not on a scale such as that, I beleive something like that goes against the laws of physics. Still fairly dangerous though

  • 9 years ago

    No. Sodium burns on contact with water. To ignite, the water would have to combine with something else. In this case, the reaction stops when the Sodium is used up.

  • 9 years ago

    meh fire's boring, you really wanna see something cool introduce raw potassium to water. it explodes

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