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Aug5-10, 06:49 PM
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Quote Quote by Moogie View Post
Why don't things 'burn' in fluorine or nitrogen?
They do! Fluorine is way more reactive than oxygen. It is so reactive that it will happily burn hydrocarbons at room temperature (i.e. spontaneously). Luckily it's not a common as free oxygen.

As for N, it really likes to bond with itself. And many explosives have N as a principle component because it releases a lot of energy when it converts back to N2.