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More About Samarium
What the name means: Samarium was named after the mineral samarskite in which it was first identified, Samarskite was, in turn named after a Russian colonel, Vasili Samarsky-Bykhovets.
Who identified samarium?: Samarium was identified by the French scientist, François Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1879.
STP = standard temperature and pressure.
About samarium: Samarium is one of the members of the group of elements know as the rare earths. There are sixteen elements in this group. The word "earth" was used to describe the oxide of metals. The word "rare" was applied to these sixteen elements because it was believed that their metal oxides were not present in any great quantity in the Earth's crust. In fact, for most of the elements in this group, this is not the case. Their metal oxides are quite abundant, although they often occur mixed with other compounds.
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