Is it safe to breathe argon?
As the pit fills with argon, the air is pushed out. Thus, no oxygen remains to support life! Too many people believe argon to be a safe, inert gas, and do not take into consideration that it is heavier than air, and thus can be a danger to them when working in their shops.
Oxygen in the air and cause suffocation with symptoms of headache, rapid breathing, dizziness, confusion, tremors, loss of coordination and judgment, and lightheadedness. Higher levels can cause nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness, coma and death. No occupational exposure limits have been established for Argon.
- Health effects of argon. Routes of exposure: The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation. Inhalation: This gas is inert and is classified as a simple asphyxiant. Inhalation in excessive concentrations can result in dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and death.
- The air we breathe is already 78% nitrogen. The problem is that nitrogen displaces oxygen. Normal air is 21% oxygen. Lower than 19% begins to have measurable effects and lower than 10% is considered critically dangerous.
- It's heavier than air and will tend to settle in low-lying areas. Argon is slightly water soluble. Argon is a member of a special group of gases known as the “noble” or “inert” gases. Other gases in this group are helium, neon and kryp- ton.
Although argon is non-toxic, it is 38% denser than air and therefore considered a dangerous asphyxiant in closed areas. It is difficult to detect because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
- Oxygen in the air and cause suffocation with symptoms of headache, rapid breathing, dizziness, confusion, tremors, loss of coordination and judgment, and lightheadedness. Higher levels can cause nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness, coma and death. No occupational exposure limits have been established for Argon.
- Argon is the third most prevalent gas in the Earth's atmosphere, found at 9,300 parts per million. It makes up 1.28% of the Earth's atmosphere. It was the first noble gas to be discovered. Argon is a colorless, odorless, and non-toxic material in all three of its states.
- Argon is a nonmetal. It is a noble gas, located in group 18 (far right column on the periodic table). Elements to the left of this line are metals, while elements to the right of this line are nonmetals. Elements that are right next to this line are metalloids.
If we put humans on planets with atmospheres different from Earth's atmosphere, but still containing oxygen, would humans be able to breathe? From Wikipedia: By volume, dry air contains 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.039% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases.
- The whole point of breathing is to get oxygen (and get rid of carbon dioxide), so trying to breathe pure hydrogen is as good as not breathing at all. And while you could probably breathe a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, such a mixture is explosive, so it's an accident waiting to happen.
- Plants and animals each produce the gases that the other needs to live. Plants need carbon dioxide—people and other animals exhale carbon dioxide as a waste product. People and other animals need oxygen—plants produce oxygen during an important process called photosynthesis, which turns the sun's energy into nutrients.
- Nitrogen is an important part of our bodies. Amino acids all contain nitrogen and these are the building blocks that make up the proteins in your hair, muscles, skin and other important tissues. Nitrogen is an important part of your DNA, which defines what you are like in many ways.
Updated: 28th October 2019