Chemical Volcano Experiment

| March 27, 2017

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Working in a fume cupboard, place a conical pile of about 10 g of ammonium dichromate on a heat-proof mat standing on a tray to collect the chromium oxide that shoots into the air. Soak about a 3 cm length of wooden spill in ethanol and stick this into the top of the pile so that about 2 cm protrudes to act as a wick.

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