Decomposition

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by pluto2, May 31, 2008.

  1. Roman Banned Banned

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    Iron rusts. Snow melts. Salt dissolves.
    I guess it depends on how you define "rot".
     
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  3. Roman Banned Banned

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    Oh for fucks sake, get a clue.
     
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  5. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    For cycling. Everything is made up of elements, but the compounds which define structure and hence functionality are not the same, hence the elements (which are finite) must cycle and require decomposition to be available.
     
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  7. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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    So why does decomposition by means of micro-organisms occur only after death?
     
  8. draqon Banned Banned

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    decomposition occurs during life as well...its just that the rate of new cell formation is higher than the rate of cells decomposing.
     
  9. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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    So does decomposition mean that nature and the universe are finite, like in cyclic universe theory?
     
  10. Chatha big brown was screwed up Registered Senior Member

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    decomposition is a natural state reaction, one of the two main reactions- composition and decomposition. Usually you can't have one without the other, just like you can't go to a good school and still keep your wallet.
     
  11. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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    But why does bacterial decomposition only occur after death and not during life?
     
  12. draqon Banned Banned

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    bacterial decomposition occurs during life as well...but at extremely small rate...since bacteria are faced with lysing cells of the body. bacteria decomposition increases logarithmically as soon as the body no longer is able to supply such lysing cells to kill the bacteria.
     
  13. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    In my opinion, its a closed system. Just a very large one.
     
  14. draqon Banned Banned

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    so large that concept of it being closed is irrelevant.
     
  15. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Not according to market forces.
     
  16. draqon Banned Banned

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    what do you mean?
     
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  18. Enmos Staff Member

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    Because the body starts breaking down after death because of it's own chemical processes.. plus there is no defense against these micro-organisms anymore.
     
  19. Enmos Staff Member

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    No, it just means that ecosystems or more or less closed systems.
    I don't know whether or not SAM worded it like that on purpose, but there is a false sense of purpose implied by her post.
     
  20. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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    But what are the processes beside autolysis and micro-organisms?
     
  21. Enmos Staff Member

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    Those are the primary processes.
     
  22. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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    And what are the other processes?
     
  23. Enmos Staff Member

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    Other chemical processes that aren't autolysis I guess.
     

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