Coin floating on liquid mercury

Coin floating on liquid mercury

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Credit: CORDELIA MOLLOY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: One pound coin floating on liquid mercury. Mercury has a very low melting point and is the only metal that is liquid at standard room temperature and pressure. It has an extremely high surface tension and will form droplets that appear to roll around on hard surfaces. Mercury is also highly toxic.

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