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Just to add a small note to the recent explanations of redox... the
reduction and oxidation of carbon, nitrogen, iron etc are all
BIOLOGICALLY mediated in natural systems. The purpose is to store and
retrieve energy... when a compound is reduced, energy is stored, and when
a compound is oxidized, ie. 'burned', energy is released. We all have a
fire burning within us... its why I almost believe the tabloid stories of
spontaneous human combustion!