By Albert Stwertka
Offers the fundamental innovations of chemistry and explains advanced theories ahead of providing a separate article on all of the development blocks that make up the universe.
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Less excessive use of fossil fuels has led to a Steadily increasing concentration it is that the constant. 09 percent of of as agents ot major source ofcarbon dioxide. \nd plants die, the process ot their carbon dioxide. Volcanoes are usually not thought a animals, in Moreover, when animals this gas as thev breathe. pollution, but the) are also Carbon represents air, life on Carbon 38 group, ^ ( which carries a double negative charge and , H dissociated from the Because of its 1 this, is it ions that give the acid chalk.
Compounds that are considered organic A whole essentially the is than 5 million compounds are hydrocar- bons, or coal and petroleum products, as well as perfumes, proteins, benzene, enzymes, carbohydrates, and a host of others too numerous mention. Carbon owes to organic world to the ability of carbon atoms its form long chains to branched. These chains act as a its atoms molecule is material of plant and animal I ound essential to the Besides exists in its ent forms. Atomic Number 6 In cells, which other elements number ot possible such long-chain carbon DNA, found in the genetic DNA stores information and it can replicate the nucleus of plant for the itself, or produce copies and animal cells, it is reproduction of living organisms.
Hydrofluoric acid dangerous and must be carefully handled. A small is extremely amount on the skin can cause extreme pain. However, this acid has the ability to dissolve glass An rine- 18, and is artificially is used to etch designs on glass objects. made, radioactive isotope of fluorine, one of several isotopes used in the fluo- medical procedure called positron emission tomograph}' (PET). Fluorine- 18 sponta- neously emits positrons, which are the antiparticles of electrons and resemble the When a latter in every respect but their electric charge.
A Guide to the Elements by Albert Stwertka