During alkaline hydrolysis, a body is broken down by a mixture of water and potassium hydroxide, which is pressurized and heated to high temperatures. The process yields ash-like bone remains as well as a small pool of liquid, consisting of amino acids, peptides, sugars, and salts. This method doesn't require a plot of land like a traditional burial, and causes less pollution than traditional cremation.
Alkaline Hydrolysis, AKA Biocremation
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Alkaline hydrolysis is also known as liquid cremation. (Contrary to rumor, it does not involve acid.) 00:58
Inside an alkaline hydrolysis machine, bodies are broken down by a hot, high-pressure mixture of water and lye. 02:07
Alkaline hydrolysis is said to be a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation. 02:54
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