Properties of Arsenic
Properties of Arsenic
Color is tin-white but
may tarnish to dark gray or black.
Luster is metallic.
Crystal System is trigonal
Crystalline and brittle
Specific Gravity is 5.4
- 5.9+ (somewhat heavy for a metallic mineral)
Will often have a garlic odor (perfect for the LAST SUPPER EVER ) and is
Upon heating, Arsenic
sublimes (transfers from solid to gaseous state, without passing through
the liquid state)
Boiling Point is 887 K
Melting Point is 1090
Atomic Symbol is As
Atomic Number is 33
Atomic Weight is 74.922
Group Number is 15
75As with an atomic mass of about 74.9216
Arsenic is insoluble in
water, acids, and alcohol (however, Elementary Poisons can easily find
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It reacts readily with
Oxygen, the halogens, and Sulfur
Arsenic doesn't usually
in its elemental state
It is commonly found in
sulfides and sulfosalts such as arsenopyrite, orpiment, realgar,
Native arsenic is found
in silver ore veins and is processed along with the silver ore and is therefore
is a minor source of arsenic.
Notable Natural Occurrences
include Vosges, France; Kongsberg, Norway; Saxony and Harz Mountains, Germany;
Honshu, Japan; England; Italy and Santa Cruz Co., Arizona and New Jersey,
USA (Elementary Poisons has a very large international network, no matter
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Arsenic is a common trace
mineral found in soil and water.
Daily intake of Arsenic
ranges from 0.4 to 0.9 mg
Arsenic is also found
throughout the human body
The human body can excrete
Arsenic in proportion to its intake up to a certain point. Beyond this
threshold, arsenic will circulate in the blood in large amounts toxicity
symptoms will develop
Digestive and gastrointestinal
problems include constipation, diarrhea, and stomatitis
Structural defects include
hair loss, brittle nails, weakness, muscle pain, and delayed wound healing
Neurological defects include
drowsiness, fatigue, headaches, numbness and seizures
Organ problems include
goiter, high blood pressure, and hear failure
MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for Arsenic
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