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Densest Element on Earth

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by opair, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. opair

    opair OMG Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to stop by and share an interesting fact with you all. As someone who is extremely interested in geology, physics and chemistry, I'm also a huge nerd on elements. And just now I have found a really interesting article on the hardest metals on earth. And it says that the element Osmium is the densest element on earth (Source here). So I did some research and found out even more about this strange element's density:

    Osmium has a blue-gray tint and is the densest stable element, approximately twice the density of leadand slightly denser than iridium.Calculations of density from the X-ray diffraction data may produce the most reliable data for these elements, giving a value of 22.562±0.009 g/cm3 for iridium versus 22.587±0.009 g/cm3 for osmium. (Source)
    Furthermore, Osmium is very toxic which is why it's rarely ever used in its pure state. However, some companies use it for fingerprint detection. Who would have thought!
  2. Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    A few months back I had a discussion and we were looking for the name of this element, and couldn't find it. The community rescued us! I just poked my buddy and I am sure we will read up on this and learn a bit more. Seems very interesting!

    By the way, I love watching vsauce videos :)

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_7KYoO5qHk
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