Lithium metal, freshly cut

Lithium metal, freshly cut


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Lithium metal. Image 1 of 2. Lithium is a soft reactive metal of the alkali metal group. When freshly cut, as here, it has a metallic lustre. However, it rapidly reacts with oxygen in the air, giving it a coat of dark lithium oxide. To prevent this, lithium metal is usually stored in oil. For this block after a few minutes, see image A150/366.

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