Emotional instability often results and fatigue occurs rapidly. The gas will dissipate rapidly in well ventilated areas.
As the asphyxia progresses, there may be nausea and vomiting, prostration and loss of consciousness, and finally convulsions, deep coma and death. No adverse environmental consequences are expected. The effects of argon on plants or animals is not currently known. Argon does not contain any ozone depleting chemicals and is not listed as a marine pollutant by DOT (Department of Transportation, USA).
The two shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 for the discovery.
Argon led to other eureka moments for Ramsey, as well.
The effect of simple asphyxiant gases is proportional to the extent to which they diminish the amount (partial pressure) of oxygen in the air that is breathed.
Inhalation in excessive concentrations can result in dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and death.
By Chemicool's calculations, that translates to 65 trillion metric tons — and the number increases over time as potassium-40 decays.
According to the Jefferson National Linear Accelerator Laboratory, the properties of argon are: The first hint of argon's existence came in 1785, when British scientist Henry Cavendish reported a seemingly inert portion of air, according to the RSC.
Death may result from errors in judgment, confusion, or loss of consciousness which prevent self-rescue.
At low oxygen concentrations, unconsciousness and death may occur in seconds without warning.