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Oxylite is a Consumable Ore resource. It is a fictitious compound that does not exist in the real world. It emits Oxygen if its surface is uncovered, losing mass until it disappears. Oxylite will stop releasing oxygen if submerged in liquid or if the atmospheric pressure reaches 1,800 g in adjacent tiles (or in its tile, if mined) but will preserve its mass until the pressure is reduced, at which point it will continue emitting oxygen in exchange for mass again.
As with other materials, when an Oxylite block is mined, it loses 50% of its mass. Over time, mined Oxylite emits its full mass as Oxygen. However, Oxylite cells release only 50% of their mass as Oxygen, resulting in the same total mass of Oxygen produced whether mined or not. Mined Oxylite emits Oxygen much slower than full tiles, however, taking longer to fully convert its mass to gas. Tiles of Oxylite emit Oxygen faster as more sides are exposed, sublimating less than half as quickly with only one side exposed compared to when all four sides of the tile are exposed. The oxygen emission rate for both tiles and debris (mined Oxylite) is also affected by gas pressure and decreases as the gas pressure rises in the tile the Oxylite is emitting to: for an Oxylite tile, the tiles adjacent to it, or for mined Oxylite, the tile that the debris occupies.
Mined Oxylite can be placed in a Storage Bin; however, it will continue to lose mass even while in storage unless the atmospheric pressure around the bin is high enough or the bin is submerged in liquid.
Oxylite is good for a new colony, as it provides a temporary solution to the oxygen problem, but it will soon dissipate, so it's best to work quickly on a more long-term solution to producing oxygen. Oxylite can still be found in some places later on where conditions have kept it inert, preventing its decay. This can serve as a temporary oxygen solution when accessing new areas.
- Oxylite Refinery can produce Oxylite from Oxygen and Gold. 600 g/s Oxygen + 3 g/s Gold = 600 g/s Oxylite.
- Puft Princes and Dense Pufts can breathe Oxygen and excrete Oxylite.
- Oxylite behaves most similarly to perchlorate compounds, which decompose into oxygen and chloride compounds when heated. Perchlorates, while toxic, are, similarly, used as oxidizing agents in solid rocket fuel.