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Chlorine is a Chemical element with the Atomic number 17, and its symbol is Cl. Chlorine is commonly found on earth, but it is not found in its pure state as it is very reactive and it tends to form compounds with other elements. At normal pressure and room temperature, Chlorine is a yellow-green gas that is heavier than air. Although its compounds are essential to many life forms, including us humans, in its elemental form, the gas is very toxic. Industrially, Chlorine is used in many ways, to produce insecticides, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. Chlorine is also used for sanitizing drinking water and pools, and is even used as a bleaching agent in the paper industry.

In ancient times, a common compound of Chlorine, Sodium Chloride, was used, and there is evidence that rock salt was used as early as 3000 BC. In 900 AD, a Persian alchemist named Rhazes synthesized another compound of Chlorine, Hydrochloric Acid. In about 1200 AD, In order to dissolve gold, a mixture of hydrochloric acid and nitric acid was used. During this process, Chlorine gas was released but that was not known at the time. The first person to isolate Chlorine gas and to analyze it was Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele, so therefore he is credited with discovering chlorine in 1774. Scheele did not realize that the gas was an element, but he did observe some properties of Chlorine, like how it could kill insects, its yellow-green color and how it could bleach litmus. It was not until 1810 the Sir Humphry Davy determined that Scheele had actually discovered a new element- Chlorine.

Chlorine can be found in many places in our world. Chlorine is an important chemical in water purification, in disinfectants, in mustard gas, and in bleach. It is also widely used in the manufacture of many products and items directly or indirectly like in paper product production, by bleaching wood pulp for the paper making, antiseptics, dyestuffs, food, insecticides, paints, petroleum products, medicines, textiles, plastics, solvents, and many other consumer products. Chlorine is also used to kill bacteria and other microbes from drinking water supplies. Another was Chlorine is used is industrially to remove ink from recycled paper.

One way Chlorine integrates with the Bile and the truth of Jesus Christ, is that in the same way that Chlorine is used in so many ways as a bleaching and cleaning agent, when we accept Jesus Christ in our life as our Lord and Savior, He comes into our hearts and starts cleansing and cleaning us. In Colossians 3:8 it says “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” And just like Chlorine is used to bleach things white, and to purify things like drinking water, Jesus Christ comes and rids us of these things; He purifies our hearts, our souls, and our minds.

I chose to do Chlorine for a couple reasons. The first reason is because my original choice, nail polish, was too complicated because it would involve many different colors and formulas. So then I decided to do Chlorine because I have a pool and we use a lot of Chlorine in the summer to keep it clean. Every time I would go outside I would smell Chlorine, and so it was an obvious choice for me. Then I started learning that Chlorine is very important in our day to day life, as a very important part of salt and our drinking water, and slowly my interest started growing for it.

Fact About Chlorine!

  • Chlorine is pressurized and cooled in order to be stored and shipped.
  • When liquid Chlorine is released, it quickly turns into a gas that stays close to the ground and spreads quickly.
  • Chlorine was used in WWI as a chocking agent.
  • Chlorine itself is not flammable but can react explosively or form explosive compounds with other chemicals such as turpentine and ammonia.
  • Household Chlorine bleach can release Chlorine gas if mixed with other cleaning agents.
  • Chlorine can be recognized by its pungent smell which is like the smell of bleach.

Different uses of Chlorine!