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Agglomerated Soot and Ash from an Industrial Fire View through a Microscope

Soot and Ash from an Industrial Fire

This is agglomerated soot and Ash from a large plumbing warehouse fire. The orange-pink particles, the reddish particle at the extreme right edge and the slightly above it and to the left with black spots are part of the ash. The black particles are agglomerated soot. This was from an environmental tapelift collected in a home a few hundred meters (a little over 200 yards) away from the fire.

Transmitted Off Crossed Polarized Light and Reflected Darkfield Illumination


Significance in the Environment:

Characteristic Features:

Many of the agglomerated soot particles where elongated fragments similar to tire wear. The distinguishing characteristics include the lack of reflectivity and tendency of the thickness not to match the width as determined by focusing through the particle.

Associated Particles: