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The Mineralogy of Neon

About Neon
Neon is a noble gas and as such does not form any natural minerals.
General Properties
Symbol:Ne
Atomic Number:10
Standard atomic weight (Ar):20.1797(6)
Electron configuration:[He] 2s2 2p6
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Atomic Properties
Atomic Radius:38 pm
Van der Waals Radius:154 pm
1st Ionization energy:2081 kJ/mol
Physical Properties
Standard State:gas
Bonding Type:atomic
Melting Point:25 K
Boiling Point:27 K
Metal/Non-Metal:noble gas
Main isotopes of Neon
Isotope% in NatureHalf LifeDecay typeDecay product
20Ne90.48%stable
21Ne0.27%stable
22Ne9.25%stable
24Nesynthetic3.38(2)minβ−25Na
Other Information
Year Discovered:1898
Discovered By:
Sir William Ramsay
Morris William Travers


William Ramsay & Morris Travers
Year Predicted:1897
Year Isolated:1898
Isolated By:William Ramsay & Morris Travers
Named For:from Greek: néon - "new"
CPK color coding:#B3E3F5
External Links:WikipediaWebElementsLos Alamos National LaboratoryTheodore Gray's PeriodicTable.com
Geochemistry of Neon
Goldschmidt classification:Atmophile
Elemental Abundance for Neon
Crust (CRC Handbook)5 x 10-9mass fraction, kg/kg
Sea Water (CRC Handbook)1.2 x 10-10mass per volume fraction, kg/L
Sea Water (Kaye & Laby)1.2 x 10-10mass per volume fraction, kg/L
Atmosphere (NASA)18.18ppmas Ne
The Sun (Kaye & Laby)3.0 x 100atom mole fraction relative to Si=1
Solar System (Kaye & Laby)3.0 x 100atom mole fraction relative to Si=1
Solar System (Ahrens)3.44 x 100 (14%)atom mole fraction relative to Si=1 (% uncertainty)
Periodic Table
1H 2He
3Li 4Be 5B 6C 7N 8O 9F 10Ne
11Na 12Mg 13Al 14Si 15P 16S 17Cl 18Ar
19K 20Ca 21Sc 22Ti 23V 24Cr 25Mn 26Fe 27Co 28Ni 29Cu 30Zn 31Ga 32Ge 33As 34Se 35Br 36Kr
37Rb 38Sr 39Y 40Zr 41Nb 42Mo 43Tc 44Ru 45Rh 46Pd 47Ag 48Cd 49In 50Sn 51Sb 52Te 53I 54Xe
55Cs 56Ba 57La 72Hf 73Ta 74W 75Re 76Os 77Ir 78Pt 79Au 80Hg 81Tl 82Pb 83Bi 84Po 85At 86Rn
87Fr 88Ra 89Ac 104Rd 105Db 106Sg 107Bh 108Hs 109Mt 110Ds 111Rg 112Cn 113Nh 114Fl 115Mc 116Lv 117Ts 118Og
 
58Ce 59Pr 60Nd 61Pm 62Sm 63Eu 64Gd 65Tb 66Dy 67Ho 68Er 69Tm 70Yb 71Lu
90Th 91Pa 92U 93Np 94Pu 95Am 96Cm 97Bk 98Cf 99Es 100Fm 101Md 102No 103Lr
Default Categories CPK Electronegativity Atomic Radius Lowest Oxidation Highest Oxidation Crustal Abundance Goldschmidt Mineral Species
Fluorine << Neon >> Sodium


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Constants and physical property data from:

David R. Lide (ed.), CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 85th Edition. CRC Press. Boca Raton, Florida (2005).
Kaye and Laby Tables of Physical & Chemical Constants (2005). Section 3.1.3, Abundances of the elements
A. Earnshaw, N. Greenwood, Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, (1997)
Thomas J. Ahrens (ed.), Global Earth Physics : A Handbook of Physical Constants, American Geophysical Union (1995)
L.B. Railsback, An Earth Scientist's Periodic Table of the Elements and Their Ions : Geology 31:9 p737-740 (2003)
Emsley, J. Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements. New York: Oxford University Press (2001)
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