Alkaline Earth Metals

Jason Gepford

What are Alkaline Earth Metals?

Alkaline Earth Metals are found in Group 2 of the periodic Table. They cannot be found in their natural state like the Alkali Metals. They are Beryllium (Be), Magnesium (Mg), Calcium (Ca), Strontium (Sr), Barium (Ba), and Radium (Ra).

Where are they found?

As the name states, Alkaline Earth Metals are found in the earth. They cannot be found by themselves because, like Alkali Metals, they bond too easily with other elements.

What are they used for?

Beryllium is used in Nuclear reactors and in computer parts.

Magnesium is used in antacids, on aircraft, and in meals that our soldiers eat.

Calcium is essential to our health, and it is used in making concrete.

Strontium is used in television tubes and firework production.

Barium is used in paint, wires, light bulbs, rat poison, and glass.

Radium is also used in paints, and it is also used in radiation treatment for cancer.

Fun facts:

Beryllium is the only Alkaline Earth Metal not to react with water.

They have 2 valence electrons.

Radium is very rare.