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Which is more dangerous, steam at 100 degrees C, or steam at 150 degrees C?
HintWhat is the most dangerous aspect of steam?
AnswerThe 100 degree C steam. The most dangerous aspect of steam is the latent heat released when it condenses. This is much greater than the heat capacity of steam or liquid water. The 100 degree C steam can condense as soon as it contacts your skin. The 150 degree C steam is further from the boiling point and most likely will not condense once it touches your skin.
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