Lithium ✦

By - Michael Shaw

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History

Discovered by Brazilian scientist José Bonifácio near the end of the 18th century.

Uses

Batteries, helping with mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder & depression

Description

Single valence shell, metal, standard state is 298

Biology

No biology in humans, but has an effect on the body for treating depression

Geology

Four minerals that contain lithium are spodumene, lepidolite, petalite, and amblygonite

Properties

Floats on water, metallic, same characteristics more common alkali metals, sodium and potassium

Interesting Facts

Burns white. Does not occur free in nature. Pure lithium is highly corrosive. The lightest of the metals