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    I "think" chemistry is the right place to put this thread....


    I have just put some water and essential oil in an oil burner (the kind where you put the tealight candle underneath. Now this happened BEFORE i put the candle underneath.....

    .....water and oil were put in then i thought, oh wouldn't it be nice if i mix a bit of cinebar resin powder in with the mixture (aka Dragon's Blood) ... I did, and as soon as it went in it started moving about rapidly and almost looked like it was trying to distribute itself evenly and uniformly.

    Can anyone explain what happened?


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    Unless I'm missing something, what you're describing is diffusion.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion


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    Hmmm yes, but it was almost kind of bubbling. perhaps it was diffusing under water but could not surface because of the oil and "slid" to one side of the oil "cap" which made it look a little violent. If I can next time I do it ill upload a vid to youtube and send u the link.
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    if it happens again after you clean the thing and make sure it isn't 'hot' already you have a good case to make a video for it as if it is reproducible you are already on the right track............

    but it could simply be diffusion.....................it can be violent like in a snow globe.
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    I'm not sure if this is what happened to you, but a while back someone in my lab spilled some water in an oil bath that was at about 150 degrees Celsius, causing a small explosion. What happens is that the water sinks below the oil and heats up to above it's normal boiling point. Basically the water really wants to escape as vapour, but is blocked by the oil so when it does finally escape it causes quite the "bump".
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    hi GC, thanks for the post, but no, the water was not hot...... If I can borrow my wife's camera ill take a video of it. its rather odd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leohopkins
    hi GC, thanks for the post, but no, the water was not hot...... If I can borrow my wife's camera ill take a video of it. its rather odd.
    please do...........!
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