Without me you can barely breathe. Nikki Pavletich

Background Information About Oxygen:

  • Oxygen (O) was discovered in 1774 by a man named Joseph Priestly in England. The name was originated from the Greek word for acid which is oxus and the Greek word for generate which is gennan. (http://www.chemicalelements.com)

Structure of Oxygen:

  • The atomic number of oxygen is 8
  • The atomic mass of iron is 55.85
  • Oxygen has 8 protons, 8 neutrons and 8 electrons
  • Oxygen has 3 different stable isotopes: O-16, O-17, O-18 (http://www.chemicalelements.com)

Natural Sources of Oxygen:

  • Oxygen comes from 2 places on earth. The rainforest and trees in the rainforest which make up 28% of the earths oxygen, and surprisingly marine plants such as phytoplankton which makes up 70% of the earths oxygen and the remaining 2% is from other sources. (http://nationalgeographic.org/activity/save-the-plankton-breathe-freely/)

Major uses:

  • Oxygen is used to breath and support all life, it also used to make various acids such as sulfuric acid or nitric acid. Because oxygen helps you breath hospitals keep it in stock to help patients that have trouble breathing. In addition to all this oxygen is used in the production of many chemical reactions such as combustion. (http://www.chemicalelements.com
  • http://www.usesof.net/uses-of-oxygen.html)

Additional information:

  • One interesting fact about oxygen is that it comprises 22% of earths air. (http://www.usesof.net/uses-of-oxygen.html)

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