Water Fireball

By Anupum Pant

A single milliliter of water when heated to a high temperature produces enough steam to fill 2000 times the volume of liquid, which is about 2 liters. Another interesting thing about water is that it doesn’t dissolve in oil, rather when it is put in oil, it goes under the oil and sits there.

Now to put these fact together and create an amazing display of science is what the Royal institution Channel did…

They put about 150 ml of oil into a beaker and heated it to quite a high temperature. Then when the oil caught fire, they dropped in a milliliter of water in the big beaker of oil. A massive water fireball ensued. Of course all of it was done inside a giant cylindrical chimney. The safety part of it in setting this dangerous experiment apparently took away most of their time.

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