Magnesium On The Loose


Background Information

Magnesium or Mg is wanted for the crimes of being used for pyrotechnics, aircraft parts, and plant and animal growth. Another name it has gone by is magnesium sulfate. Its symbol, Mg, and the element itself was discovered in 1755 and is derived from Magnesia, a district in Eastern Thessaly in Greece. It used to be known as Calcium but was later isolated into its own element. Magnesium is a metal, so it's solid at room temperature, and is grayish in color. The atomic mass is 24.305 and the atomic number is 12. This element has 12 protons, 12 neutrons, and 12 electrons which makes an atom for magnesium. The first arresting officer was a Scottish chemist named Joseph Black but was later isolated by Sir Humphrey Davy. A report of the first arrest was in 1755 when Sir Humphrey Davy built a large battery a and used it to pass electricity through salts, While experimenting, he discovered several alkali and alkali earth metals. It was last seen in group 2, alkali earth metals, and is usually found in the crust of the earth. It can be found in nature but not uncombined. it can be found as dolomite, magnesite, or brucite. Some known associates are fluoride to make magnesium difluoride, chlorides which make magnesium dichloride, and oxides to produce magnesium peroxide (the formula for which is MgO2). But do not be alarmed as the element is stable in its pure form.

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