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How does nitrogen behave in blood and tissues when a diver descends to a great depth (such as the depth of the USS Monitor) and then ascends to the surface? What problems can this cause? And what other consequences to divers are caused by nitrogen gas in solution at depths? ***I don't know how to answer the first part of the question and I cannot find a source that can tell me information that correctly answers that... I think I could answer the 2nd and 3rd parts of the question if I knew the first part haha :) Any help is appreciated! Whether it's info or a source for me to use! Thanks

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  • phi
when in doubt google it or look at wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuba_diving#Effects_of_breathing_high_pressure_gas
Nitrogen in our blood? For some reason I'm thinking nitrogen fixation, but I don't think that's in our bodies. But you should google or BING search as @phi stated :)
  • phi
when scuba diving you breathe compressed air (at a pressure to match the pressure the water is exerting) nitrogen at high pressure enters the blood stream (think, "gets crammed in") it stays there until you surface. at the lower pressure, the nitrogen leaks out of the blood. If done quickly (like popping the cork on champagne ) it can cause problems.

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Oh yeah. I remember reading about that. If you're taken from deep ocean too fast, your body can "pop" when you come out of water :D
Does that answer the entire question?? all 3 parts? :)
and when you say pop, is there actually a sound? or is it just the effect that is similar to that of popping?
  • phi
I use "crammed" informally. I would not use it in the answer. also, from the same wiki article there is Nitrogen narcosis or "rapture of the deep". That could go into the answer.
  • phi
It specifically asks And what other consequences to divers are caused by nitrogen gas in solution at depths? other to means they expect another consequence, so I would add the nitrogen narcolepsy
okay yeah that makes sense... would that work? I write it after the other consequence? does it look okay and accurate to you?
  • phi
yes, it sounds good.
okay!! Thank you sooo much! :)

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