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List of places used in the names of chemical elements

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List of places used in the names of chemical elements

The names of some terrestrial locations or astronomical objects are used to name the chemical elements. The first table below lists the terrestrial locations and the second table lists astronomical objects which the chemical elements are named after.[1]

Terrestrial locations

Location Element Symbol Atomic no. Coordinates
Magnesia, a district in Greece Magnesium Mg 12
Scandinavia Scandium Sc 21
Cyprus Copper Cu 29
Gaul, ancient name for France Gallium Ga 31
Germany Germanium Ge 32
Strontian, a village in Scotland Strontium Sr 38
Ytterby, a village in Sweden
Yttrium Y 39
Terbium Tb 65
Erbium Er 68
Ytterbium Yb 70
Ruthenia, Latin name for Russia Ruthenium Ru 44
Europe Europium Eu 63
Holmia, Latin name for Stockholm Holmium Ho 67
Thule (probably Norway) Thulium Tm 69
Lutecia, Latin name for Paris Lutetium Lu 71
Hafnia, Latin name for Copenhagen Hafnium Hf 72
River Rhine Rhenium Re 75
Poland Polonium Po 84
France Francium Fr 87
Americas Americium Am 95
Berkeley, a city in the United States Berkelium Bk 97
California, a state in the United States Californium Cf 98
Dubna, a town in Russia Dubnium Db 105
Hesse, a state in Germany Hassium Hs 108
Darmstadt, a city in Germany Darmstadtium Ds 110
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in the United States Livermorium Lv 116

Astronomical objects

Name of the astronomical object Name of the element Symbol Atomic no.
Sun Helium He 2
Moon Selenium Se 34
Pallas (asteroid) Palladium Pd 46
Ceres (Dwarf planet) Cerium Ce 58
Uranus Uranium U 92
Neptune Neptunium Np 93
Pluto (Dwarf planet) Plutonium Pu 94

See also


  1. ^ Page of Kevin A. Boudreaux and Angelo State university
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