Dihydrogen monoxyde

Dihydrogen monoxyde (DHMO) has no color, taste or smell. Today it is everywhere: in our rivers, in the air we breathe, in the food we eat.

Correct. Dihydrogen monoxyde (literally, two hydrogen one oxygen) is another name for H20, water.

DHMO kills hundereds of thousands people every year!

Correct. The main way that water kills is by drowning. WHO estimates that in 2002 there were 382 000 drownings in the world.

  • Inhaling this chemical can lead to death in just a few minutes!
  • Correct. Inhalation of liquid water in large enough quantities can cause suffocation and death.

  • Consumation through food and drink can lead to increased urination, sweating and even vomiting, disturbed balance of electrolytes in the body - and even death!
  • Correct. There is a medical condition called water intoxication, which occurs when people ingest extreme amounts of water. In some cases it resulted in death.

  • In gaseous or liquid form it can cause skin burns!
  • Correct. Hot water or steam (water in the gaseous state) can burn you good.

  • Prolonged exposure to DHMO in the solid state can lead to permanent tissue damage!
  • Correct. Water in solid state is — ice. A prolonged exposure to large amounts of ice can cause frostbites.

How is DHMO destroying our envirionment?

  • It causes soil erosion.
  • Correct. Erosion is mainly due to rains.

  • It is the main component of acid rains.
  • Correct. Acid rains are, like ordinary rains, mostly water.

  • If it comes into contact with electrical devices, it may cause electrical malfunctions that may endanger human lives.
  • Correct. Water conducts electricity and entering the electrical device is causing a short circuit.

  • Even in small quantities it can be corrosive.
  • Correct. Rust is the oxidation of iron in the presence of water.

What is it used for?

DHMO is a very useful and even indispensable in modern industry. Among other things, it is used:

  • in nuclear power plants;
  • on GMO plantations;
  • as a fire retardant;
  • for cleaning industrial machinery;
  • as a solvent for other chemicals;
  • as industrial coolant.

Correct. Water is widely used in industry, because of its practical use in cooling, cleaning, melting, irrigation and fire fighting.


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