Nick Stanley

Description and Uses


Magnesium is a grayish white color that is fairly tough, alkaline earth metal, a very bright light when burning, metallic element that tarnishes slightly in air.

Basic Info

  • Symbol is Mg
  • Atomic number is 12
  • 24.3050 is the atomic weight
  • Group 2
  • Period 3
  • Silvery white color
  • Metallic
  • Flares
  • pyrotechnics like incendiary bobs
  • used to be used in flash photography
  • alloys for aircraft
  • Car engine casings
  • Missile construction


  • The density of Magnesium is 1738 km-3
  • The melting point of magnesium is 1201.73 degrees farenheight
  • Magnesium is a solid in its standard state

History of Magnesium

Magnesium was discovered by Sir Davey Humphreys in England during the year 1755

Pictures of Magnesium

Geology and Biology


  • the eighth most abundant element found in Earths crust
  • ppb by weight: 600000
ppb by atoms: 30000


  • For every pound you weigh you have 0.12258 grams of magnesium in your body
  • ppb by weight: 270000
  • ppb by atoms70000

Interesting Facts

  • Magnesium was used in flash photography
  • A major fire risk
  • For every pund you weigh you have 0.12258 grams of magnesium in your body
  • Magnesium is very important to animal and plant life
  • Magnesium is commonly found in meteorites