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A presentation about the element Mercury.

Sergio Santana

on 13 July 2010

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Mercury Mercury is known as Hydrargyrum in Latin, -hydr meaning "watery" or in this case "runny", and -argyrum meaning "silver". It should then come as no surprise that this substance is also known as Quicksilver. Atomic number Atomic Mass Mercury can be found in deposits all over the planet, usually in the compound from of cinnabar (mercuric sulfide), and is then reduced and purified to gather the precious fluid metal. We use mercury for a number of purposes,
namely in thermometers and in flourescent lighting. It also used in batteries, lamps, and dental amalgams. It is, however, highly toxic to humans and so most companies are now using alternative substances to mercury. In the past, mercury has been used in laxtives, skin creams, and latex paints. start 5 compounds that can be formed with mercury: Mercuric Amidochloride (man-made)
Mercury Selenide (organic)
Mercury Cadmium Telluride (man-made)
Mercury Polycations (organic)
Mercury Sulfide (organic) Its impossible to know when mercury was first discovered. History on the substance and its use dates back as far as the time of the ancient Egyptians! It was also kown to the Chinese and the Hindus, and in most cases was incorrectly applied as a medicine to treat a variety of ailments. It was finally recognized as an element at the end of the 18th century by A.L. Lavoisier.
Did you know that Mercury was named after the Roman Messenger God of the same name? END!
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