Wikijunior:The Elements/Strontium

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Shows the position of Strontium on the periodic chart
Strontium's symbol on the Periodic Table


Strontium is the chemical element with symbol Sr and atomic number 38. It is "soft silver-white" and yellowish in colour. It reacts with other elements very easily. It is found naturally on Earth and is mined. It is not dangerous to health.

What does it look, feel, taste, or smell like?[edit]

Strontium looks like a silvery white chain of

How was it discovered?[edit]

Strontium was found by Adair Crawford in 1790 in a mine near Strontian, Scotland. At that time, scientists thought strontium and barium were the same element.

Where did its name come from?[edit]

Strontium was called strontianite which is strontium carbonate from a Scottish town.

Did You Know?

  • Strontium has silvery white color, and it turns into yellow when exposed to air
  • Another interesting fact.
  • Yet another interesting fact.

Where is it found?[edit]

Strontium was found by Adair Crawford in 1790 in a mine near Strontian, Scotland.

What are its uses?[edit]

Strontium salts are used in fireworks and flares for a red color. Strontium chloride is an ingredient in toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Is it dangerous?[edit]

No, strontium can't harm humans but if you inhale it while it's in the chemical form, it can be very harmful for you.

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