What If You Jumped Into Pool of Mercury

by birtanpublished on August 28, 2020

Nothing fascinates people quite like a bit of mercury as the only metal that's liquid at room temperature mercury doesn't quite behave like most liquids were used to that's because most liquids well they aren't metals Mercury's viscosity is 1.5 times that of water and

Its surface tension is six times greater that's why it beads up into little balls so easily instead of smear when you spread it around but mercury isn't something to play around with in fact it's one of the most toxic substances on

Earth and even just touching it can cause severe health hazards contact with skin can cause severe irritation and even chemical burns and within minutes you could experience dizziness vertigo flu-like symptoms burning and irritation

Pale or clammy skin irritability and emotional instability that's because mercury is a nerve toxin and it directly affects the brain severe exposure can lead to madness and even death but because mercury has a very high vapor

Pressure it can vaporize at room temperature so even if you can't taste or smell it you could still be breathing in dangerous amounts of vaporized mercury surprisingly though despite being one of the most dangerous poisons

On earth up until the late 19th century doctors would prescribe mercury as a laxative that's because while it's vapors are highly toxic and it's easily absorbed by the poor skin mercury is not very easily absorbed by the specialized

Tissues of the gastrointestinal tract that's not to say it's safe to drink mercury far from it but doing it once or twice shouldn't be enough to seriously harm you and word has it that it's a very effective laxative but we're okay

With not finding out for ourselves so what would happen exactly if you dope into a pool full of mercury well the first answer is that you would almost certainly receive a very fatal dose of mercury poisoning as the metal make

Contact with all of your bare skin you'd probably inhale a great deal of vaporized mercury which would instantly go to work on your brain as we saw earlier that's high concentrations death would be

Certain but remember how we also said earlier that liquid mercury wasn't like most other liquids that's because it's far more dense viscous and has a much greater surface tension than water Mercury's density is so great in fact

That you could probably stand in a pool of it and only sink to about your shins so trying to dive into a pool of it well you wouldn't sink very much at all mercury is a prat dangerous neurotoxin that can be easily absorbed through the

Skin or accidentally inhaled severe exposure can cause madness blindness chemical burns and even outright death but for all its dangers at least now you know there's little chance of ever drowning in it

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