My favorite element.

Lithium (Li) is the lightest metal on the periodic table.  When it is combined with aluminum it is very strong.  Lithium is also soft so you can cut it with a knife.  When put with carbon and oxygen it can help some diseases like bi-polar disease.  Bolivia is the main source of Li.  It is…

Explosions in the Periodic Table

The elements in the group that Lithium (my favorite element) is in are most alike each other than any other group.  Each of these elements easily react causing explosions.  They also all have one electron on the outer-most electron ring.  Water is very slightly acidic, but when you put any from this group in the water…

The complexity of atoms.

What is an atom?  Atoms are the building blocks of the universe.  These building blocks are so microscopic that you need a Scanning Tunneling Microscope to see them.  For more information watch  this video.   Atoms are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons.  The neutrons and protons made up a nucleus inside the electron shell.   The…

What is Hydrogen?

I have been studying the element Hydrogen.  Hydrogen is the most common Element in the universe.  It powers stars, and is very flammable.  Hydrogen is the lightest Element, and is the only Element that has its own group (meaning Hydrogen does not have another Element that shares many similarities).  Hydrogen has the atomic weight of…

Our August Adventures in Geology

In August we went on a trip with Mr. Patrick Nurre, a noted Christian geologist and author.  Our tour started in Bozeman, Montana where we met up with the other people on the tour.  Starting the next morning we went to the Lewis and Clark Caverns, then to Quake Lake and Hebgen Lake.  The next three…

Geology Part 3

Today I will write about a few different types of plains such as lake plains, glacial plains, and lava plains. Lake plains form when water brings and drops sediments into a lake.  When that lake dries, it becomes a plain.  Sometimes glaciers make the ground around them flat by eroding the rock to a flat surface, carving…

Geology, Part 2

These are the three categories of rocks and minerals: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic.  This is what I’ve learned about them. Igneous Igneous rocks are rocks that were melted and then it hardened.  The word igneous comes from the latin word ignis meaning “fire”.  A lot of the earth’s crust is made up of feldspar, mica,…