Who I Am
Estimated Crustal Abundance: 8.5×10-2 milligrams per kilogram
Estimated Oceanic Abundance: 3×10-5 milligrams per liter
When , how, and by whom it was discovered: Mercury was found in Egyptian tombs that date from 1500 BC but it was discovered in 200 BC
Origin of its name: Mercury's chemical symbol comes from the Greek word hydrargyrum, which means "liquid silver."
What it is found in today: It is primarily obtained from the mineral cinnabar.
What it is used for today: Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers, manometers, sphygmomanometers, float valves, mercury switches, mercury relays, fluorescent lamps.
Where I Live
Address (Atomic #) on the PT: 80
Period # & Group # on the PT: 6, 12
Family name (if any): Transition metals
My Vital Statistics
Atomic #: 80
Average Atomic Mass: 200.59 amu
- protons, neutrons, electrons: 80, 121, 80
- of stable isotopes: 7
My Close Up
Electron configuration: [Xe] 4f14 5d10 6s2
My Physical Side:
Physical properties: Mercury is a heavy, silvery-white metal, poor conductor of heat but a fair conductor of electricity, it has low boiling and melting points considering it’s a metal. It is the only metal to melt at a general cold temperature.
My Chemical Side
Chemical properties: Mercury doesn’t react with most acids, reacts with atmospheric hydrogen sulfide, reacts with solid sulfur flakes, reacts with activated carbon and powdered zinc in spill kits to absorb vapors
My Movie Star Side
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My Tabloid Side
1.Although mercury is known to be highly toxic, it was considered therapeutic throughout much of history.
2.The element Mercury is named for the Roman god Mercury. Mercury is the only element to retain its alchemical name as its modern.
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