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Topic in Depth - Chlorine (9)

Chlorine, a chemical element whose name means “pale green,” is explored from a number of angles in this informative Topic in Depth.

We’ve all heard of chlorine being used in swimming pools and drinking water, but this jack-of-all-trades chemical element is also used in making everything from plastics and dry cleaning products to insecticides and pharmaceuticals.

Chlorine Bleach: Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
Provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, this site is called Chlorine Bleach. The page briefly describes what chlorine bleach is, what's in it, and related health and safety concerns. There is also a link to helpful information about what to do if there is an accident with dangerous household products.

This site is maintained by WebElements.com and is called Chlorine. Visitors learn the element's symbol, atomic weight, its uses, and all of its physical and nuclear properties. There is also information about various chlorine compounds, and a recommended reading list for visitors who wish further information.

Chlorine Chemistry
From poolcenter.com comes the Chlorine Chemistry Web site. Ten questions related to chlorine are answered such as What's the History of Chlorine, How Does Chlorine Work to Sanitize, and What Effect Does pH Have on Chlorine. Each is briefly explained in simple and non-technical language.

Question of the Day: How Does Chlorine Bleach Work?
This site is another great offering from HowStufffWorks.com that answers questions about chlorine on their Question of the Day page. It discusses how chlorine removes stains, whether chlorine bleach is the same as chlorine in drinking water and swimming pools, and if it's safe to use.

Chlorine Chemistry Division
This site is provided by the American Chemistry Council's Chlorine Chemistry Division. The page contains several links that give an introduction to chlorine, its uses, and issues surrounding the chemical compound. There is also a link to the Chlorine Science Center which provides classroom activities and a chlorine...

European Chlorine Industry
This site is provided by Euro Chlor, representing the chlor-alkali industry in Europe. The site discusses how chlorine is vital for many industrial processes, how it is made, sustainability, regulations, and even the socioeconomic importance of chlorine. There is also a link to some interesting facts and figures,...

Chlorine Experiments
This site is provided by the American Chemistry Council's Science Center. The first experiment is called Sunscreen and Light Energy, which shows how chlorine is an ingredient in sunscreen and how it helps protect people from the sun's damage. The other experiment, called Antifreeze and the Freezing Point of Water,...

Cl2O4 in the Stratosphere
The depletion of ozone in the stratosphere is caused chiefly by ozone reacting with chlorine and bromine from industrially manufactured gases. Several small chlorine oxide molecules are involved in the catalytic cycles that lead to the destruction of ozone. In this comprehensive project, students use computational...

Microscale Gas Chemistry
Created by Professor Bruce M. Mattson, PhD, of Creighton University's Department of Chemistry, the Microscale Gas Chemistry Website "provides instructions for the generation of gases on a microscale level along with instructions for chemical demonstrations and student laboratory experiments with the gases." The...

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