|Origin of Name
||From the Greek word protos,
The symbol came from the Latin word plumbum, meaning lead
|Date and Place of Discovery
||Known to the ancients
- It does not occur in nature in
- It is usually found in zinc,
silver and copper ores.
- Galena contains about 86.6% of
- The greatest source of lead
today is in recycling automobile batteries.
- It is a soft, heavy, toxic metal
that is malleable.
- It is bluish white when cut but
as it is exposed to the air it turns a dull gray.
- It has the highest atomic number
of all the stable elements.
- It is a
that accumulates in soft tissues and bone.
- It is not a good conductor of
- Solder, especially for
- Ceramic glaze coloring
- Fishing sinkers
- Radiation shield
- Coolant for reactors
- Organ pipes
- High voltage power cables
- Ballast keel of sailboats
- Roofing materials
- Scuba diving weight belts