Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at normal pressure and temperatures. It’s a silvery-white and poisonous metallic element. Mercury is liquid at room temperature and used in thermometers, barometers, flourescent lighting and batteries in the preparation of chemical pesticides.
It’s also called quicksilver or liquid silver, but the chemical symbol for Mercury is Hg. Mercury was named after the Roman god. Mercury is malleable, ductile and is conduct heat.
Mercury is naturally occuring element found in air, water and soil. It exists in a number of differemnt forms:
- metallic mercury
- elemental mercury
- inorganic mercury compounds
- organic mercury compounds
When it’s dropped, elemental mercury breaks into small droplets. At room temperature, elemntal mercury can evaporate and become invisible and odorless toxic vapor. Exposure and toxicity with mercury can happen when some objects containing mercury can break and expose mercury to the air.
Mercury compounds can be found in antiseptics, disinfectants, fungicides, make up and traditional medicines. In the nature, mercury is a naturally occuring element. Unfortunately, human activities have led to increased amounts of mercury in atmosphere, streams and lakes.
A person’s health will be harmed depending on the form of mercury: if it’s elemental, inorganic compounds, organic compounds, the amount of mercury, tehnature of exposure, the length of exposure.
Methylmercury is a compound that removes from the body naturally, but this can be a slow process. Nonetheless, the effects of mercury cannot happen at all, depending on the things mentioned above. If posiosning happens while women are pregnant, they can give birth with severe disabilities. Mercury can also be found in fish, but at the same time, maintaining a healthy diet is containing fish is also important.