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Match bursting into flame

Match bursting into flame

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ADAM HART-DAVIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ADAM HART-DAVIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Strike a light! A match bursts into flames after being struck. This match, of the 'strike anywhere' kind, consists mainly of phosphorus sesquisulphide and potassium chlorate in the head. When the head is run across a rough surface, friction heating allows an exothermic oxidation reaction to take place. The excess heat developed is sufficient to ignite the wood of the match stick.

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