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What if all the oxygen in the atmosphere was replaced with fluorine?

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by stfoskey12, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. stfoskey12

    stfoskey12 Emperor of Foskania

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    That's my question. I know we'd all die, but how would the fluorine react with everything else?
     
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    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Nitrogen fluoride is a terrible greenhouse gas (far worse than carbon dioxide). I think that ending up more like Venus would be one possible result.
     
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    Nitrogen fluoride does not easily form on its own, though, so there would not be much of an effect.

    The first thing that would happen is that the fluorine would react explosively with the water in the atmosphere, removing all the water (resulting in a much smaller greenhouse effect). Then almost everything else on the surface will start burning or corroding, depending on the material.

    The effect would be quite spectacular.
     
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    If a question starts like this you just know it's going to be fun.
     
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    IIRC fluor is the most electronegative element.
    Nitrogen is the most abundant gas in the atmosphere (and also very not-electronegative), so I guess a lot of covalent bonds between those two would be made

    I don't know, but I have a feeling that everything dying is going to matter a lot more than whatever chemical processes the fluor can start
     
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