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What is spontaneous combustion?

February 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Science

Spontaneous combustion is the ignition of a combustible material without the application of external heat or flame. The self-generated heat produced by cotton soaked in oil and confined in a poorly ventilated room sometimes becomes sufficient to ignite the cotton. Fires started by spontaneous combustion are common in coal mines, owing chiefly to the rapid oxidation …

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