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Can an object become flammable by being dipped in an arsenic lake?

No, it doesn't work the way you're thinking The aqueous arsenic that would be found in a seawater is either Arsenic V or Arsenic III. These numbers represent the oxidation state of the ion. The ...
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What might happen to plastic after millions of years of geological activity?

While breaking down some expanded polystyrene foam (i.e., Styrofoam) packing material to fit it into the trash bin, I watched how easily the little beads broke free and were carried off by the ...
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What might happen to plastic after millions of years of geological activity?

some of it will breakdown some of it will work its ay into the mineral cycle. We already see this, some plastic gets broken down by chemical or bacterial action, forming hydrocarbons or biomass. But ...
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What might happen to plastic after millions of years of geological activity?

We are already seeing some fungi capable of consuming plastics, especially in landfills - https://www.colorado.edu/ecenter/2021/11/04/plastic-eating-mushrooms If we imagine large reservoirs of ...
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What might happen to plastic after millions of years of geological activity?

Plastic is hydrocarbons so technically decomposes and degrades just like organic matter. The main difference is that there aren't that many microrganisms that can break it down...yet. Like cellulose/...
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