Potassium and Barium

By Thanvi

Uses of Potassium

Fertilizer

- Potassium is associated with movement of water, nutrients and and carbohydrates in plant tissue

Manufacturing of Glass

-Potassium Carbonate is used in glass

-Potassium Carbonate is a powder that is mixed with water and put into the liquid glass

Soap

-Potassium Hydroxide is used in soap

-Soap is created from fats that are isolated from plants and animals

-The fats reacts with the potassium hydroxide which produces potassium soap

How Life would be Affected without Potassium

The element potassium plays a big role in your body. First off, potassium ions are every cell. That means, without it, would not function properly and balance right. Another thing potassium is involved with in your body is the heart. Potassium helps with skeletal and smooth muscle contraction. Basically, we would not be here without this element.

Uses of Barium

Fireworks

-When Barium Nitrate and Chlorate are mixed together, it gives fireworks the green color

Drilling Mud

- Oil and gas industries use Barium compounds

- Apparently drilling mud simplifies drilling through rocks by lubricating the drill

Florescent Lamps

-impure barium sulfide radiates after exposure to light

How life would be affected without barium

Since barium is a very dangerous element, there are many pros to losing them. One of the pros is that since barium is toxic, some waste sites are not as dangerous. Also, in some industrial processes, barium gets released into the water and it can be easily dissolved. without barium, we will have a few less things to worry about

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