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Old 06-11-2010, 11:04 PM   #49
lyricusmagna
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Originally Posted by wthree View Post
Because of the way the elements bond. The reason Carbon-based life has been so successful is because it based on organic compounds. Hydrogen wouldn't work very well because a hydrogen atom can only form one bond.

For example, in a carbon compound you could have something like this:


H H H H
l l l l
H-C-C-C-C-H
l l l l
H H H H


While a hydrogen centered molecule would look something like this:

H-H

In other words, a hydrogen based life form wouldnt be able to form complex molecules or proteins needed for life.
Two words: Hydrogen sulfide.
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