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is called 'hydroxyl acid', the substance is the major component of acid rain.
- contributes to the 'greenhouse effect'.
- may cause severe burns.
- is fatal if inhaled.
- contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
- accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
- may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
- has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
- as an industrial solvent and coolant.
- in nuclear power plants.
- in the production of styrofoam.
- as a fire retardant.
- in many forms of cruel animal research.
- in the distribution of pesticides. even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
- as an additive in certain 'junk-foods' and other food products.
©2011 helen sotiriadis