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The Amazing Pharaoh’s Serpent Reaction
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The Amazing Pharaoh’s Serpent Reaction
This visually stunning reaction showcases the decomposition of the chemical mercury thiocyanate (also known as mercuric sulphocyanate – Hg(SCN)2). While some cheap fireworks simulate this effect, you would be ill advised to try this particular experiment.


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Posted by Tibor on September 5, 2011
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Posted by nova on September 5, 2011 at 8:59 am
Thanks Tibor! That was one cool chemistry video!
Posted by Tibor on September 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Thiocynate (SCN-) used to be called rhodanide, due to the red color of its complexes with iron. There are not a lot of practical uses for mercury(II)thiocynate other than pyrotechnics.
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