Element from the periodic table

mercury- hg


I chose to study mercury because I wanted to find out more about it, as it looked like an interesting element to study.

It does not match up to it's abbreviation as the letters h & g are not incorporated in "mercury"

The Romans modified the Greek name slightly, referring to mercury as Hydragyrum, from which we get mercury’s modern chemical symbol, Hg. Mercury was known to the ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Hindus and has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to about 1500 B.C, when it was discovered.

Some Properties of this element;


13.6 g.cm-3 at 20°C

Melting point

- 38.9 °C

Boiling point

356.6 °C

What i found unusual about mercury, was that it was the only element that melts in room temperature.

SRead more: http://www.lenntech.com/periodic/elements/hg.htm#ixzz2cSVMj3uv

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