Periodic Table of the Elements: Iron

Name: Iron
Symbol: Fe
Atomic Number: 26
Atomic Mass: 55.847
Atomic Volume: 7.09 cc/mol
Discovered By: Prehistoric
Discovery Date: The discovery of iron is prehistoric. The iron age began in Europe around 800 BC.
Origin of Name: Iron - (Anglo-Saxon) iron, the symbol Fe is from (Latin) ferrum (iron)
Toxicity: Not toxic; in dust form it has a fibrogenic action. Iron salts normally do not produce industrial poisoning.
Summary: Second most abundant element in Earth's crust (5%). The earth's core is thought to consist mainly of iron. Iron is found in hemoglobin used to carry oxygen in red blood cells. Iron is magnetic, and magnetite is a naturally-occurring magnetic ore. Iron is readily oxidized by moist air into iron oxide (rust).


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LiBeBCNOFNe
NaMgAlSiPSClAr
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