Presentation on the Chemical Element Mercury

Topics: Mercury / Pages: 6 (1411 words) / Published: Mar 3rd, 2013
MERCURY -Image of periodic table with Element bolded

Atomic weight

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Place in the periodic chart

Characteristics

Source: Wikipedia

History

Mercury was found in Egyptian tombs that date from 1500 BC.[9]
In China and Tibet, mercury use was thought to prolong life, heal fractures, and maintain generally good health, although it is now known that exposure to mercury leads to serious adverse health effects.[10] One of China's emperors, Qín Shǐ Huáng Dì — allegedly buried in a tomb that contained rivers of flowing mercury on a model of the land he ruled, representative of the rivers of China — was killed by drinking a mercury and powdered jade mixture formulated by Qin alchemists (causing liver failure, mercury poisoning, and brain death) who intended to give him eternal life.[11][12]
The ancient Greeks used mercury in ointments; the ancient Egyptians and the Romans used it in cosmetics which sometimes deformed the

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