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Top 12 interesting facts about Gallium
Gallium was discovered in 1875 by Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran. Its name drives from Latin word "Gallia" which was the old name of France.
Gallium melting point is at 29.78 C (302.93 K, 85.604004 F) and its boiling point is at 2403.0 C (2676.15 K, 4357.4 F).
Gallium can not be found freely in nature but in zinc ores and in bauxite.
Gallium melts at room temperature (below 30 centigrade).
Mercury, cesium, rubidium, and francium also have a melting point similar to the gallium's melting point.
Almost all gallium is used in electronics industry as microwave and infrared circuits, and also in production of high-temperature thermometers.
Gallium is also used in nuclear bombs.
At room temperature gallium doesn't react with water or air due to the formation of an oxide layer.
Gallium is a byproduct of aluminum and zinc production.
Gallium has two stable isotopes: 69-Ga and 71-Ga.
The difference between the melting point and boiling point of gallium is 2373 centigrade.
Gallium, like water, expands at its freezes.
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