Why is carbon monoxide toxic to our bodies and why is it so difficult to detect?
- Carbon monoxide forms a triple covalent bond with one oxygen atom.
- It occurs from the incomplete combustion of fuels that would normally produce carbon dioxide.
- When inhaled it bonds with haemoglobin to form carboxyhaemoglobin.
- When there is less oxygen circulating in our bodies, our vital organs suffer.
One of the most toxic gases on Earth is actually very similar to one of the most common.
Carbon monoxide is the result of incomplete combustion of any material that would normally produce carbon dioxide when burned.
Examples of these materials include fossil fuels, wood, gasoline and natural gas.
This incomplete combustion ...
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