Why does paper burn so easily?



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    Plants are made of cellulose, which is basically sugar.  This sugar is then used by the plant to be converted into energy so the plant can thrive in day to day life.  When a plant is set aflame, the fire is spread because that trapped energy is continuously being released as the plant burns.  Mashing up plant material into pulp, and forming the pulp is how paper is created, the chemical structure is different, but the chemicals remain, and when set on fire the energy hidden inside still escapes.

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