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No. 450: Periodic Table: 40 Zirconium

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Periodic Table: 40 Zirconium

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar, Andrew Coker

T-Rex: T-Rex presents The Periodic Table:
T-Rex: 40: ZIRCONIUM
T-Rex: A grey-white transition metal. The name comes from the Persian "zargun", which means "gold coloured." True![1]
Utahraptor: Those wacky Persians!
T-Rex: Yeah!
T-Rex: Martin Klaproth first identified the element in minerals, and named it zirkonerde! Also true!
T-Rex: Fun fact: if you write a silly but believable "fact" about an element in Wikipedia, you could see it here! True!!

The author writes:

You can just imagine Zirkonerde at the Periodic Table High School, wearing thick glasses and being pushed around by the tough guys like Iron and Titanium.

[1] Okay, it's not totally crazy. Zirconium itself may be grey-white, but jargoon, the mineral that Klaproth first identified it in is actually gold coloured.