Mercury, the Fastest Element Alive By Anthony WHite {Leone 8}

Background Info

My element is Mercury whose atomic symbol is Hg after the greek word hydrargyrus. Mercury was known to ancient Chinese and Hindus before 2000 BC. It was named Mercury based off of the planet, Mercury. It was nicknamed quicksilver because it is a silver liquid and the greek meaning for it's name, watery silver.

The element Mercury

Atomic Structure

  • Atomic Number:80
  • Atomic Mass: 200.59
  • Protons: 80
  • Neutrons:80
  • Electrons:2, 8, 18, 32, 18, 2(80)
  • Stable isotopes: 196, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 204

Natural Sources and Major Uses

Mercury is usually obtained from the mineral Cinnabar and is not found on it's own naturally. It is used in thermometers, barometers, silent switches, signs, and batteries even though they are all getting phased out for safer alternatives due to Mercury's poisonous nature. It forms alloys very easily with other metals like gold, so it's useful for extracting metals.

Cinnabar Ore
Cleaned Cinnabar Ore

Additional Information

Mercury is the only Metal to be in the liquid state at standard temperature. It was first named Hydrargyrum after the greek word Hydrargyrus.

Freddie Mercury


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