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Anushka Mishra , asked a question
Subject: Science , asked on 21/5/12

what produces more severe burns boiling water or steam?why?

Madiha Shaheen From The Indian Community School, added an answer, on 1/6/15
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Steam. Its is because:- In the case of water, the heat is required to change its form so it doesn't effect more. And in steam's case there is no need of it. Conclusion:- It is so because of the hidden latent heat of vapourisation. I hope it helps! 😃
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Ishan Goyal From Dav School Phillaur, added an answer, on 21/5/12
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Steam causes more severe burns because it is undergoing a phase change. When the water vapor comes into contact with your skin, the vapor condensates and changes to a liquid. This change is accompinied with the loss of heat.

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Deepan From Delhi Public School, added an answer, on 21/5/12
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Steam causes more aporization and severe burns as it undergoes the process of latent heat of vapourization and absorbs more heat than boiling water at the same temperature . try this at home you will know the difference.

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Ishan Goyal From Dav School Phillaur, added an answer, on 21/5/12
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Steam will cause more severe burns even though they are at the same temperature because additional latent heat ( which is the heat used to convert a liquid to a gas without raising the temperature ) is present in the steam which will thus cause more severe burns.

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Raeshma Ashok From Fahaheel Al-watanieh Indian Pvt. School, added an answer, on 16/4/13

 Steam produces more heat because there is additional amount of latent heat which causes severe burns 

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Arindam Jain From Darbari Lal D A V Model Sr.sec School, added an answer, on 18/6/12
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  Steam would release heat energy to first liquefy and then would release heat energy to attain the room temperature. Boiling water would just release heat energy to attain the room temperature. Thus, steam would release more heat energy than boiling water. Therefore, steam produces more severe burns than boiling water.

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Ishan Goyal From Dav School Phillaur, added an answer, on 21/5/12
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Steam has more heat conserved as the latent heat of vapourisation in comparision to boiling water, therefore steam produces more severe burns than boiling water.

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