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For diagrams and information on how the bends effects the respiratory systems:

http://www.dive-online.com/aug/iIllaug.htm

 

For formulas and information on how Dalton's law effects the syndrome known as decompression sickness:

http://www.mtsinai.org/pulmonary/books/scuba/sectiong.htm

 

For information on how Henry's law effects the syndrome known as decompression sickness:

http://www.cami.jccbi.gov/AAM-400A/400altitude.html

For information on Dalton and his theories and formulas on the dissolving of gases into liquids:

http://www.chem.mtu.edu/chemistry/PAGES/HISTORY/JohnDalton.html

 

 

In diving there are many things that can possibly go wrong while at extreme depths. One of these is the syndrome known as Decompression Sickness, more commonly known as the "Bends." While at extreme depths your body is under tremendous pressure. Under this pressure Henry's law starts to kick in. It states that when a gas is under pressure it is possible that can be dissolved into a liquid. So when divers go to extreme depths nitrogen is dissolved into their blood stream. While at these depths this nitrogen is harmless. But if a diver comes up to the surface without pressurizing bubbles of nitrogen will form. These bubbles will travel around the blood stream. These bubbles if big enough can block capillaries and cause inflammation. At the most serious of cases the bubbles can flow to the brain and cause a stroke, or they can flow to the heart and cause a heart attack. They only known cure for this is to repressurize the person.