firedamp

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firedamp

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firedamp explosion in a coal mine

OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

A colourless and odourless flammable mixture of gases, primarily methane (60%), as well as nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. Firedamp is found in coal mines, more commonly in regions where the coal is bituminous, and puts the miners at risk for death by asphyxia or explosion.

The name derives from German, Dampf, vapour. 

Synonym Fire damp 

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firedamp

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