Why was mercury considered a metal even in ancient times?


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Sep17-13, 01:30 AM
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Today we know that mercury is a metal even though it's a liquid, because we already know its position in periodic table, its ability to conduct electricity, but these features of mercury were not known in ancient times ( for example, in the age of great greek philosophers). Yet it was considered a metal. Why? Because it was shiny and heavy?
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Sep17-13, 01:38 AM
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Yes, because it presents a metallic surface - and because it was mined from rocks.

Here is some information on mercury in antiquity:
http://www.cityofbaraboo.com/vertica..._Around_Us.pdf
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Sep17-13, 08:34 AM
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Thank you very much.


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