What does it look and feel like?Edit
Lithium is a very soft silvery metal, and can be cut with a knife just like butter. Lithium tarnishes quickly in the air, and will turn black within seconds. It is the lightest metal. Its density is only 0.53 g/cm^3, about the same as pine wood. Lithium is light enough to float in water. But like all alkali metals, it also reacts violently with water to form lithium hydroxide (a base) and hydrogen gas. So don't expect any lithium bath toys.
How was it discovered?Edit
Lithium was discovered in 1817 by Johann August Arfvedson whilst studying petalite discovered in a Swedish iron mine.
Where did its name come from?Edit
The name "lithium" comes from the Greek name lithos which means "stone."
Where is it found?Edit
It is found in mineral springs and is found in most igneous rocks.
What are its uses?Edit
Lithium is used to transfer heat from one object to the next. Some things lithium is used in are glasses, organic compounds, and ceramics. Because it is such a good conductor of electricity, it is used in batteries as well. Lithium salts are also used in medicine as a mood-stabilizing medication for patients with bipolar disorder.
Is it dangerous?Edit
Lithium is toxic except in small doses, mostly because it is so reactive. It is dangerous and can cause an allergic reaction when near skin.
|This Wikijunior article is a stub. You can help Wikijunior by expanding it.|