Watch This Timelapse of Sodium Metal Spontaneously Combusting
Who knew oxygen could be so catalyzing!
Timelapse footage of the combustion of a sample of sodium metal in air. Sodium is a soft, highly reactive alkali metal that burns spontaneously on exposure to atmospheric oxygen. This forms a layer of white sodium oxide, before the heat of the combustion melts the metal, which forms a rounded droplet. The continued burning of the metal in oxygen eventually produces solid yellow sodium peroxide.
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