Likewise, what was Magnesium first used for?
Joseph Black recognized magnesium as an element in 1755. It was isolated by Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) in 1808 almost 200 years after its discovery. He electrolysised mixture of magnesia (magnesium oxide, MgO) and mercuric oxide (HgO). Davy's first suggestion for a name was magnium but the name magnesium is now used.
What are some interesting facts about magnesium?
Magnesium (Mg) is an alkaline earth metal with an atomic number of twelve and twelve protons in the nucleus. Humphry Davy isolated it from magnesia and mercuic oxide in 1808. Interesting Magnesium Facts: Magnesium is the eighth most abundant element in the Earth's crust.
What is unique about magnesium?
Magnesium makes up 2 percent of the Earth's crust, but you won't see this silvery, light metal in nature. This versatile element occurs naturally only in combination with other elements, such as carbon, calcium and oxygen, as in the common mineral dolomite.