Mercury Elemet

About Mercury

Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and has the atomic number 80. Its atomic weight is 200.59. Mercury is the only metallic element that is liquid at standard temperature and pressure. Although it is used for medicine it is known that it can be hazardous and toxic. The ancient Chinese and Indians were credited for the finding of this element.

Its Uses And Characteristics

Mercury is used all lot in our lives, here are some of the uses of mercury:

-Medicine and curing diseases.

-It is used for making thermometers, barometers, diffusion pumps and many other instruments.

-It is used for the making of some telescopes.

-It is used in making some neon signs.

-it is used for making vapour and fluorescent lamps.

-Mercury is also used to make various bombs.

As you can see mercury is important to our everyday lives and without it some extraordinary creations would not have existed.


Mercury also has a unique set of characteristics and here are some of them:

-It is a metallic element.

-It is liquid and normal temperature.

-Its color is a grey-black shade.

-Its a poor conductor of heat but a fair conductor of electricity.

-Its freezing and boiling points are exceptionally low for a metal.

What Mercury Looks Like And Its Uses

Who Found Mercury?

Mercury's past is not well known, the dates of the discovery are not known and the people involved are not known. Scientists and historians believe it was found by the ancient Chinese and Indians. What is known about its history is that it predates historical times and that it is been with us for quite some time.