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Old 04-13-2018, 03:15 AM
 
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what happens when things burn? so like when you burn materials, trees, buildings, objects, paper, or cremating animals or bodies does the particles, do the particles turn into smoke? is the smoke everything in the object or material that has been burned? how far does the smoke go into the air? does it go all the way up to the atmosphere? if not, what happens to the object after its burned? what happens to the particles or compound, and materials of the thing after it was burned. curiosity question!
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:34 AM
 
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also, when you burn something and it causes air pollution, where does all the air pollution go? does the material and compound that makes up the burning object turn into the smoke/pollution? thanks!
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:18 AM
 
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This used to be taught in high school chem 101.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redox
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:17 AM
 
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Yes. Smoke is composed of left-over small oxidized molecules, carbon dioxide, steam, etc.
How far does smoke go into the atmosphere? I'm not sure, there are different layers of the atmosphere. Some material might not burn into vapours and stays in the ground as char or something else.

Yes, it's pollution, and pollution gets diluted in the air sometimes and then reacts with other molecules or comes back down and some can get used by plants or hurt animals (their lungs have to work harder to clean themselves up).

There are a ton more details.
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:52 AM
 
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Be careful with the word "pollution." Go back a few million years and the oxygen we breathe was "pollution" given off by a certain life-form. Forests have burned on their own for eons, and their "pollution" enriched soils, acidified rain enough to etch and decay stones, and create other beneficial effects. "Pollution" has become a PC word outside of its original intent.
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:47 PM
 
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CO2, water, and "ash". Smoke is particles of stuff that didn't get fully turned into CO2 and water.
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