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The air we breathe is approximately 80% nitrogen and 20% oxygen. What if our air was 80% oxygen and 20% nitrogen? How would this affect our lives?

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Interpretation:

If our air was 80% of oxygen and 20% of nitrogen, how would this affect our lives should be discussed.

Concept Introduction:

The air we breathe is made up of several gases. Oxygen contributes about 20% and nitrogen consists in 78%. Other gases are present in very tiny amounts. Nitrogen is an inactive gas, so it does not involve in reactions. To make nitrogen reactive we have to provide huge amount of energy to break the triple bond between N-N. But oxygen is very reactive and involves in reactions actively and form covalent and non-covalent compounds.

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Oxygen mainly involves in oxidation reduction reactions. So, if there is a higher content of oxygen, most of the metals present on earth will be readily corrode. Therefore we will not be able to effectively use metals. Most of the metal based productions will be a failure...

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