Day 6: Interesting Facts About Carbon
Atomic Symbol: C; Atomic Number: 6; Atomic Mass: 12.0107
- Carbon is the basis for organic chemistry, and thus all living organisms, due to its ability to bond with itself and countless other elements.
- In solid elemental form, it can form one of the hardest substances (diamond), and also one of the softest (graphite).
- Carbon has no limits to its usefulness; being used for graphite, diamonds, lubricant, drilling, fossil fuels, in smoke detectors, carbon-fiber, radiocarbon dating, and much, much more.
- Carbon’s history dates back to around 3750 BC., when it was first used by the Egyptians and the Sumerians for reducing copper, zinc, and tin ores to make bronze.
Image: Diamond, a cubic carbon crystal, is the hardest known mineral.