Pure carbon disulfide is a colorless liquid with a pleasant odor that is like the smell of chloroform. The impure carbon disulfide that is usually used in most industrial processes is a yellowish liquid with an unpleasant odor, like that of rotting radishes.
Carbon disulfide evaporates at room temperature, and the vapor is more than twice as heavy as air. It easily explodes in air and also catches fire very easily.
In nature, small amounts of carbon disulfide are found in gases released to the earth's surface as, for example, in volcanic eruptions or over marshes. Commercial carbon disulfide is made by combining carbon and sulfur at very high temperatures.
Exposure to carbon disulfide can occur by breathing it in the air and by drinking water or eating foods
that contain it. Breathing very high levels can be life threatening because of its effects on the nervous system
. Breathing low levels for long periods may result in headaches
, trouble sleeping
, and slight changes in the nerves. Carbon disulfide has been found in at least 210 of the 1,430 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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