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10 interesting facts about Alkaline Earth

Alkaline Earth metals are the chemical elements of group 2 in the Mendeleev periodic table. They are beryllium (Be), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), strontium (Sr), barium (Ba), and radium (Ra). They share many characteristics and properties. Here are the most interesting facts about Alkaline Earth metals.

  1. Alkaline Earth metals are all shiny with a silvery color.
  2. Alkaline Earth metals are all reactive at standard conditions of pressure and temperature.
  3. Alkaline Earth metals lose their 2 outermost electrons having an oxidation state of +2.
  4. Alkaline Earth metals are all soft, have low densities, and melting and boiling points.
  5. Alkaline Earth metals are all found in nature.
  6. Alkaline Earth metals react with water (beryllium is an exception).
  7. Alkaline Earth metals were isolated by electrolysis (beryllium is an exception).
  8. All Alkaline Earth metals have many uses especially in industry.
  9. Magnesium and strontium are the only two Alkaline Earth metals that don’t have a naturally occurring isotope.
  10. Magnesium and calcium are essential to all living organisms.

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