Lithium metal, freshly cut

Lithium metal, freshly cut

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Caption: 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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Keywords: alkali metal, chemical, chemistry, element, exposed, freshly cut, lithium, metal, metallic, reactive, shiny, unoxidised

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