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    Solidified mercury

    Is it possible to to solidify pure mercury at room temperature.some people claim that it is possible especially from india.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkofbliss View Post
    Is it possible to to solidify pure mercury at room temperature.some people claim that it is possible especially from india.
    That question was talked about on the following forum 19 months ago.

    Solidifying Mercury at Room Temprature

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/36298

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkofbliss View Post
    Is it possible to to solidify pure mercury at room temperature.some people claim that it is possible especially from india.
    Pure mercury? No. But it's easy to alloy it with other metals and come up with an amalgam that will be solid at room temperatures.

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    amalgam? . . . . like dissolving gold in mercury . . an old gold recovery process! . . . or dissolving silver in mercury (outdated-toxic?) for dental fillings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkofbliss View Post
    Is it possible to to solidify pure mercury at room temperature.some people claim that it is possible especially from india.
    Some people claim they have been anal probed by extraterrestrial aliens.

    Mercury cannot solidify at room temperature. There are many ways to use slight of hand or trickery to fool gullible people into believing they have witnessed a miracle.

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    . . . perhaps the alien anal probes were conducted at ~ -40 degrees C? (approx. freezing point of mercury) tee hee!
    . . . by the way . . . weren't the old alchemists supposed to turn mercury into gold?
    Last edited by wlminex; 10-05-11 at 01:23 PM. Reason: Added narrative

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlminex View Post
    . . . weren't the old alchemists supposed to turn mercury into gold?
    no, lead into gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leopold View Post
    no, lead into gold.
    . . .That's even better . . . if I could change the Pb in my ass to Au . . I'd be a VERY wealthy person (but, it seems, that I will soon have to pay more in taxes!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlminex View Post
    . . . if I could change the Pb in my ass to Au . .
    Do you have Pb in your ass?

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    Who wants solid Hg and why? Seems like an odd thing to request... unless maybe at a Sonic drive-in somewhere in Alpha Centauri where the probing just turned into a date and you're wondering what the hell your alien-friend just ordered.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by origin View Post
    ...Mercury cannot solidify at room temperature.....
    Not even at high pressure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidergoat View Post
    Not even at high pressure?
    Assuming its phases respond in a normal fashion (and I'm sure it does since it has a triple point) then yes, higher pressure could solidify it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidergoat View Post
    Not even at high pressure?
    The only thing I could find about Hg under high pressure. Sorry but nothing at room Temp. but the mercury stayed liquid.

    Liquid mercury sound velocity measurements under high pressure and high temperature by picosecond acoustics in a diamond anvils cell

    Recent improvements to measure ultrasonic sound velocities of liquids under extreme conditions are described. Principle and feasibility of picosecond acoustics in liquids embedded in a diamond anvils cell are given. To illustrate the capability of these advances in the sound velocity measurement technique, original high pressure and high temperature results on the sound velocity of liquid mercury up to 5 GPa and 575 K are given. This high pressure technique will certainly be useful in several fundamental and applied problems in physics and many other fields such as geophysics, nonlinear acoustics, underwater sound, petrology or physical acoustics.

    http://rsi.aip.org/rsinak/v80/i7/p07...sAuthorized=no

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidergoat View Post
    Not even at high pressure?
    Anyone here have a phase diagram of mercury?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KilljoyKlown View Post
    The only thing I could find about Hg under high pressure. Sorry but nothing at room Temp. but the mercury stayed liquid.
    The key there is high pressure and high temp. Under just sufficiently high pressure I would think it would behave just like everything else (again it has a triple point) and become a solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Believe View Post
    The key there is high pressure and high temp. Under just sufficiently high pressure I would think it would behave just like everything else (again it has a triple point) and become a solid.
    That may be true, however I don't believe we can generate that kind of pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KilljoyKlown View Post
    That may be true, however I don't believe we can generate that kind of pressure.
    why not? we can generate some REALLY high pressures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asguard View Post
    why not? we can generate some REALLY high pressures
    Higher than a diamond anvils cell? Please supply a link if you can find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KilljoyKlown View Post
    That may be true, however I don't believe we can generate that kind of pressure.
    You wouldn't necessarily need to have anywhere near that much pressure. The added heat there would keep it molten well beyond the normal pressure it would take to solidify it. I wish I could find a phase diagram for it somewhere. If someone wants to buy it this paper would probably answer the question for us:

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/qr55357gt284741l/

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    I just asked Trippy to see if he can get a phase diagram for us to end this once and for all. Hopefully he comes through.

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