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It there any other element other than gold, that does not exist as a chemical compound?


 

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Is Gold the only element that exists naturally in nature?
« Reply #1 on: 01/10/2010 13:12:41 »
Helium - although very rare is found as He.  I think all the noble gases are found in elemental state.  Silver is sometimes found in pure form - and also mixed (ie not a chemical compound)with gold to make electrum.  carbon is found (if you are very lucky) as pure Carbon crystals.  i am sure there are many others
 

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Is Gold the only element that exists naturally in nature?
« Reply #2 on: 01/10/2010 16:14:30 »
Oxygen and Nitrogen are not uncommon either  :D
 

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Is Gold the only element that exists naturally in nature?
« Reply #3 on: 01/10/2010 16:15:52 »
It there any other element other than gold, that does not exist as a chemical compound?

A compound is a mixture of two or more different elements.


The (di)oxygen you are breathing now (hopefully) exists as (diatomic) molecules with only one type of element: oxygen.
So dioxygen is not a "chemical compound", (that would require two or more different elements).
« Last Edit: 01/10/2010 16:24:03 by RD »
 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/10/2010 16:31:44 »
I assumed Tommy meant elements that could be described in their natural state by an unadorned symbol (you find lumps of Au in the ground if you know where to look) without subscript or other element - but re-reading there was no good reason for my assumption. 
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/10/2010 16:41:29 »
Ah yes! Good points.

BTW - a compound is not a mixture of two or more elements because, if it were, it would be a mixture and not a compound. :D
 

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« Reply #6 on: 01/10/2010 16:49:24 »
BTW - a compound is not a mixture of two or more elements because, if it were, it would be a mixture and not a compound. :D

Slip of the tongue  [:I] ...

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It there any other element other than gold, that does not exist as a chemical compound?

A compound is a mixture of consists of two or more different elements.
« Last Edit: 01/10/2010 16:54:21 by RD »
 

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Is Gold the only element that exists naturally in nature?
« Reply #7 on: 02/10/2010 14:00:52 »
I assumed Tommy meant elements that could be described in their natural state by an unadorned symbol (you find lumps of Au in the ground if you know where to look) without subscript or other element - but re-reading there was no good reason for my assumption. 
Sorry for the delay and thank you for your responding in concern.
I was thinking and did not refine my question properly,
Yes I was thinking along the lines of a single atom and also only solids, but I did not specify, and should of.
Carbon is most in abundance of all... is that so?
gold carbon
Helium Argon Neon

Is Krypton also found as an element?

Mercury... Is it found as an element?


Other than Mercury is there any other liquid elements?
Oxygen, Nitrogen exists naturally but have dual atoms... 
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Is Gold the only element that exists naturally in nature?
« Reply #8 on: 02/10/2010 14:35:32 »
"Other than Mercury is there any other liquid elements? "
Bromine, and, on a warm day, caesium and gallium. None of these will be found naturally as the free element because they are rather reactive.

Copper, mercury, sulphur and platinum are sometimes found as the free element. The inert gases are, of course, always found free. The atmosphere also contains traces of hydrogen.
 

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