What does the element krypton look like?
January 30, 2007 12:04am CST
For some reason, a lot of people want to know what the element krypton looks like. It turns out that you look at krypton every day, although you may not actually see it. Krypton is one of the gases that makes up the earth's atmosphere. But in small amounts only. Roughly the earth's atmosphere is 0.0001% krypton, or about one part per million. Krypton is a colorless, odorless gas that rarely reacts with other elements. A container full of krypton gas looks just like a container full of air. It isn't very exciting. Things become more interesting when an electric current is sent through a container of low pressure krypton. When this is done, krypton lights up in much the same way a fluorescent light bulb does and glows with a smokey-white light. This glowing gas is called a plasma.
1 Feb 07
Yes, what you told us, is true.. heres more... Krypton (IPA: /'kr?pt?n/ or /'kr?ptan/) is a chemical element with the symbol Kr and atomic number 36. A colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas, krypton occurs in trace amounts in the atmosphere, is isolated by fractionating liquified air, and is often used with other rare gases in fluorescent lamps. Krypton is inert for most practical purposes but it is known to form compounds with fluorine. Krypton can also form clathrates with water when atoms of it are trapped in a lattice of the water molecules.