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  • Benzene
    • Arenes
      • Occur naturally in crude oil and coal.
      • Aromatic hydrocarbons containing one or more benzene rings
    • Molecular formula: C6H6
    • Used in: detergents, explosives, pharmaceuticals  and dyestuffs.
    • It's a carcinogen, continued exposure to benzene vapour can lead to anaemia or lukaemia
    • A colourless, sweet smelling liquid that is highly flammable
    • Natural sources of benzene include volcanoes and forest fires


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