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Place Dissolvo in water, then watch this unique material—and anything written or printed on it—dissolve instantly before your eyes. Water soluble paper has been used by the government for confidential and classified documents. Other uses include dissolvable labels, as a component in leak detection systems for NASA booster rockets, and of course, Melting Mole Dollars. Dissolvo looks, feels, and tears like ordinary paper. You can write and even photocopy on it. It is 80% carboxymethyl cellulose and 20% wood pulp fibers. Carboxymethyl cellulose is a semi-synthetic water soluble polymer with a molecular weight range of 21,000 to 50,000. It is most commonly available as a sodium salt with the formula RnOCH2COONa.