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This week, we’re going to look at the mysterious and uncommon element – Hafnium!
Here are some fun facts about this lustrous, silver-gray transition metal from the periodic table (atomic number 72):
- Discovered in 1923, named after the Latin word for Copenhagen “Hafnia”
- This element is used in the nuclear power industry and some electronic equipment
- Rarely found natural in well…nature! Instead, it is present in zirconium minerals
- When it IS in nature, it is the 45th most abundance element in the Earth’s crust!
- When chemically combined with carbon, it’s melting point is then over 7,000 degrees Fahrenheit!
- This element is also pyrophoric – meaning it ignites spontaneously when in powder form!