Definition of the Neodymium Element
A bright, silvery rare-earth metal element, found in monazite and bastnaesite and used for coloring glass and for doping some glass lasers. Neodymium is very reactive and quickly tarnishes in air. It reacts slowly with cold water and rapidly with hot water. The Atomic Number of this element is 60 and the Element Symbol is Nd.
Origin / Meaning of the name Neodymium
The name originates from the Greek words neos meaning new and 'didymos' meaning twin
Facts about the Discovery and History of the Neodymium Element
Neodymium was discovered by Baron Carl Auer von Welsbach in Vienna, Austria in 1885.
History of the Periodic Table
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Occurrence of the Neodymium Element
Never found in nature as the free element
Found in monazite and bastnaesite
Also found in Misch metal
Abundances of the element in different environments
% in Universe 1×10-6%
% in Sun 3×10-7%
% in Meteorites 0.00005%
% in Earth's Crust 0.0033%
% in Oceans 2.8×10-10%
% in Humans N/A
Associated Uses of Neodymium
Infra-red radiation filtering