Lightning strikes on soil can form glass; the energy discharge melts silica and other sediments into deposits called fulgurites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
Today I learned about the formation of sand from quartz. As magma in the Earth's crust cools, its excess silica crystallizes and forms quartz (SiO2). Over million of years, quartz grains are carried by water streams to the oceans. Most of the world's sand is made up of those quartz grains. britannica.com/video/1856…
The crunchy bits in toothpaste is microscopic silica glass called diatoms. It's used as a fine abrasive to clean your teeth. microcosmos.foldscope.com…
Silica gel packets are stamped with "DO NOT EAT" to prevent people from choking on the packet. Otherwise it's non-toxic (although still not food so don't eat it). poison.org/articles/2013-…
Today I learned about tetramethyl orthosilicate, a substance that reacts with water to create silica and methanol. It's vapor can blind you and give you respiratory problems by creating silica crystals in your eyes and lungs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
"pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" is a 45-letter word that refers to a lung disease caused by silica particles. corgin.co.uk/blog/pneumon…
Tektites are small droplets of glass, likely composed of terrestrial silica that was ejected and melted during a meteorite impact, which then solidified as it cooled upon returning to the surface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tek…
Dry Water is an unusual form of powdered liquid. Tiny water droplets the size of a grain of sand are surrounded by a sandy silica coating. Dry water is actually 95% water liquid, but the silica coating prevents water droplets from combining and turning back into a bulk liquid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Silica gel packets are only stamped with "DO NOT EAT" to prevent people from choking on the packet. It's otherwise non-toxic (although still not food so don't eat it). poison.org/articles/2013-…
It is possible to coat droplets of water with silica, resulting in a dry powder known as "dry water" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Applying chalk to a billiard cue increases the amount of friction between the ball and the cue, preventing the tip slipping from the ball during a strike. It is also not made of chalk, but a substance called corundum (aluminum oxide and silica). legacybilliards.com/blog/…
The Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster was one of the worst industrial accidents in the US. Between 476 & 1,000 workers eventually died of silicosis in the 1930s after a silica vein was struck boring the tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
The color of the average mirror isnt white light or whatever its reflecting, it's green. Most modern, mass produced mirrors are made of a soda-lime silica glass with a silver backing. This combination of materials reflects more green light than other visible wavelengths. io9-gizmodo-com.cdn.amppr…
Silica gel packets are labeled "DO NOT EAT" because they present a choking hazard, and that the silica gel is actually chemically inert/nontoxic. illinoispoisoncenter.org/…
Firefighters have emergency fire shelters they can use as a last resort. They are made of aluminum foil and silica that can allow them to withstand heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Scientists created a computer memory crystal that can store 360 TB of data/disc and last approx. a million years by using pure silica and storing the data in 5 dimensions independent.co.uk/news/sc…
When melting glass in space, zero gravity increases the viscosity and you can create glass with chemicals other than silica!! [x-post from r/glassblowing] science.nasa.gov/science-…
Today I learned of a plant known as the "Suicide plant" (also called Gympie-Gympie) which is common in the north-eastern rainforests of Australia. Brief contact with its silica-tipped hairs can penetrate the skin causing extremely painful stinging which has been said to last from months to years australiangeographic.com.…
Planet Kepler 7b has clouds made of silica particles, so it rains molten liquid glass. newatlas.com/kepler-cloud…
Silica Gel (the deoxidizing stuff in beef jerky packets) is actually non-toxic, and only says "DO NOT EAT" because it's not food and could be a choking hazard. ncpoisoncenter.org/body.c…
β€œPNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS” is the longest word you’ll find in a major dictionary. This is the full scientific name for a disease that causes inflammation in the lungs owing to the inhalation of very fine silica dust. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Silica gel is not poisonous, the "do not eat" label is actually for a chocking hazard for the bag. ncpoisoncenter.org/body.c…
Silica gel beads are non-toxic and should be kept out of reach of dogs and children for choking hazard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Today I learned what happens if I eat a pack of silica gel pellets. chow.com/stories/10390
Nothing bad happens when one eats Silica Gel, those little packets with "do not eat" stamped on the side. slate.com/articles/news_a…
Those little packets of silica gel that come in various food packs and are labeled "do not eat" are actually non-toxic. The reason they are labeled "do not eat" is because they are a choking hazard. slate.com/articles/news_a…
Silica Gel packets are not deadly poison. health.howstuffworks.com/…
There is a beach in the Whitsunday islands of the coast of Australia with sand that is 98% pure silica giving it a stunning white appearance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
"Petrified lightening" is formed when lightning melts silica or other common conductive and semiconductive minerals and substrates, fusing, vitrifying, oxidizing and reducing mineral grains and organic compounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
Due to its extremly low silica content, the lava flows of Mt.Nyiragongo can reach speeds up to 100 km/h or 60 mph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary. It is derived from 45 letters and describes a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pne…
What happens when you eat a silica gel packet. guardian.co.uk/notesandqu…
Airborne silica exposure in Tanzanian mines is more than three hundred times the limit set by NIOSH in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
A single packet of silica gel was auctioned for $10,000 youtu.be/9Q76kNnf_qo?t=24…
Grass plants naturally incorporate little bits of silica (akin to powdered glass) into itself as an abrasive defense mechanism against animals and insects eating the leaves ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
There are types of protists called diatoms that have cell walls made out of silica, which are transparent when the chloroplasts are removed, and are the main ingredient in many toothpastes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Clumping kitty litter is mildly carcinogenic due to the presence of silica dust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Silica Gel (the packet of stuff in your beef jerky) was made for use in gas masks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…

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