|Origin of Name||Arabic, zargun = "gold color."|
|Discovery Credits||Discovered by M. H. Kalproth at University of Berlin, Germany; isolated in 1824 by J. J. Berzelius at Stockholm, Sweden.|
|Standard State||Solid at 77 F & 298 K|
|Description||Hard, lustrous, silvery metal. Very corrosion resistant due to oxide layer, but will burn in air. Unaffected by acids, (except HF), and alkalis. Metal used in alloys, colored glazes, and nuclear reactors. Oxides used in foundry crucibles, bricks, ceramics,
synthetic gemstones, and abrasives. Zirconium is commonly accompanied with
X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is commonly employed to identify and analyze zirconium.
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