In our last article on Nitrogen Facts, we didn’t cover everything. For instance, we skipped the Nitrogen Cycle and of course, we didn’t mention enough about liquid Nitrogen. So, here we are, with another set of Nitrogen fun facts that will help you with your homework or will simply help you gain some knowledge. Let’s get started…
Nitrogen Fun Facts: 1-5 | Nitrogen Cycle
1. [highlight]What really is Nitrogen cycle?[/highlight] It is actually a complex process in which nitrogen is converted into several chemical forms as it keeps on circulating between marine ecosystem, terrestrial ecosystem and atmosphere.
2. The whole process is a biogeochemical process. It all starts with the atmospheric Nitrogen. This atmospheric Nitrogen is converted into various organic compounds. It is a natural process and is necessary for sustaining life on Earth.
3. It all starts with bacteria present in soil. They fix or convert the Nitrogen in atmosphere into ammonia and other nitrate compounds. These compounds are required by plants for survival.
4. The fixed Nitrogen is used by plants for converting them into amino acids and proteins. When animals eat plants, they get the Nitrogen from the plants. This Nitrogen is then released back into the soil in form of animal waste.
5. There are other sets of bacteria that then use the waste and convert the Nitrogen compounds back into Nitrogen gas, which then returns back into the atmosphere. This this the simple explanation of the Nitrogen cycle. We will deliberately skip the complexities of the cycle. However, if you want the details in simplified format, send us a request for them using our request form.
Nitrogen Fun Facts: 6-10 | Liquid Nitrogen Facts
6. [highlight]Liquid Nitrogen is just liquefied form of Nitrogen. It can be produced by fractional distillation of liquid air[/highlight]. Liquid Nitrogen also has two atoms of Nitrogen paired using a single covalent bond just like the Nitrogen gas.
7. Since N2 denotes Nitrogen gas, Liquid Nitrogen is often represented as LN2 or LN or LIN.
8. Liquid Nitrogen has a boiling temperature of -320.4°F or -195.8°C or 77K at normal atmospheric pressure.
9. Karol Olszewski and Zygmunt Wróblewski were the two Polish Physicists who first created Liquid Nitrogen back in 1883 on April 15.
10. Liquid Nitrogen boils very rapidly and in the process in the process, creates an insulating Nitrogen gas layer on the surrounding surface. This is known as Leidenfrost effect.