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Argon

ELEMENT DISCOVERY

Argon was discovered in 1894 by Lord Rayleigh and William Ramsay, after it was separated from air, in which it is commonly found. It had been previously noted by Henry Cavendish as the 1% of air that would not react to any condition, as it is a noble gas.

ARGON BEING USED TO WELD

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USES OF ARGON

Argon has many purposes, including its use in the above photo, for welding. Argon is also used in some light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. Argon is also used as a protective blanket for growing silicon and germanium crystals.

WHERE IS IT FOUND?

Argon, making up .94% of Earth's atmosphere, is extractable from the air, and as such is found abundantly.
Argon - Periodic Table of Videos

COOL FACTS ABOUT ARGON

-Argon was the first noble element to be discovered
-The name is derived from the Greek word Argos. Argos means inactive, as Argon is an element that almost never interacts with other elements.

References


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