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Explosive:

Some startling information has come to light about the water that we drink in West Cumbria, which is being extracted from boreholes at Egremont. The water contains Hydrogen:

FACT:

Hydrogen is a clear, odorless, and tasteless gas. It is lighter than air, which means that if a hydrogen leak occurs, it rises up into the air and dissipates, as opposed to spilling on the ground or on surfaces. This volatile, explosive gas is used by a number of industries for treating metals, in the petroleum-refining process, and the production of chemicals. It has also been used as a tailor made fuel in the Space Program, and was used to lift the tragic Hindenburg off the ground.

Chemical Analysis:

Hydrogen is a chemical element with symbol H and atomic number 1. With a standard atomic weight of circa 1.008, hydrogen is the lightest element on the periodic table. Its monatomic form (H) is the most abundant chemical substance in the Universe, constituting roughly 75% of all baryonic mass.

The universal emergence of atomic hydrogen first occurred during the recombination epoch. At standard temperature and pressure, hydrogen is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic, nonmetallic, highly combustible diatomic gas with the molecular formula H2. Since hydrogen readily forms covalent compounds with most nonmetallic elements.

Hydrogen plays a particularly important role in acid–base reactions because most acid-base reactions involve the exchange of protons between soluble molecules. In ionic compounds, hydrogen can take the form of a negative charge (i.e., anion) when it is known as a hydride, or as a positively charged (i.e., cation) species denoted by the symbol H+.

The hydrogen cation is written as though composed of a bare proton, but in reality, hydrogen cations in ionic compounds are always more complex. As the only neutral atom for which the Schrödinger equation can be solved analytically, study of the energetics and bonding of the hydrogen atom has played a key role in the development of quantum mechanics.

Hydrogen gas was first artificially produced in the early 16th century by the reaction of acids on metals.

Hydrogen Facts:

  1. Liquid hydrogen has the lowest density of any liquid.
  2. Hydrogen is the only element that can exist without neutrons.
  3. Hydrogen forms both positive and negative ions.
  4. Hydrogen reacts explosively with the element oxygen.
  5. Hydrogen, when mixed with Oxygen can create the compound, H2O.

Alarmed?

Many claims on social media regarding the local water supply have been bordering on hysteria and are very embarrassing to say the least. The indignant claptrap circulating like verbal diarrhea from wannabe scientists has to stop.

If this article has alarmed you, don’t worry. Hydrogen IS an integral part of water. But, it does show that a mountain can be made out of a molehill if the recipient is willing to consume complete and utter bullshit. Night schooling might help some with their ludicrous commentary:

Yes that’s what I said, and as far as I know the river Ehen runs into the sea. So if that’s not wasting freshwater, I don’t know what is. They should have a pipeline from there pumping it back into Ennerdale, then we all win.

Embarrassing!

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4 comments

  1. Oh my. Is there no education system in your neck of the woods to explain the water cycle to whomever that quote is attributed to?

  2. This is brilliant. Haha. Well done. By the way, do you know how to stop my kettle from popping?

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