Naphthalene crystals

Naphthalene crystals

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Caption: Polarised light micrograph of crystals of naphthalene, a white, crystalline hydrocarbon with a characteristic penetrating odour. It is used as a moth repellant in the form of moth balls or flakes. It is also found in the manufacture of acids & compounds used in the dye industries & in the production of synthetic resins & celluloids. Naphthalene is also the single most abundant constituent of coal tar. Magnification: x60 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: chemical, chemistry, coal tar, compound, compounds, constituent, crystal, crystalline, crystals, hydrocarbon, moth ball, naphthalene, polarised light micrograph

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