Pouring Molten salt into Water – Explosion!

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Molten Salt Explosion paper #1 http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc282701/
Molten Salt Explosion paper #2 http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/AA/00/00/03/83/00060/AA00000383_00060_194.pdf
Related paper on aluminum explosions http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/AA/00/00/03/83/00059/AA00000383_00059_108.pdf

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  1. Put a flame over the water and see if you get an explosion afterwards. The molten salt may be hot enough and viscous enough it causes the H20 to break down into H and O. If that's the case, you'll see a fireball erupt.

  2. Interesting point, though; all the salts you used contained sodium. Only one exploded, and only one contained chlorine. I think that may be something noteworthy.

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