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Zirconium - Periodic Table of Videos

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The team at periodicvideos has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table. This one is about zirconium, a key part of a nuclear reactor. While very important, this element has the possibility to be incredibly dangerous, resulting in incidents such as those that occurred in Chernobyl and Fukushima.

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To see modern examples of zirconium's effect on the world, like the Fukushima incident, check out this video on how nuclear reactors work.
For all the basics about zirconium, check out the Visual Elements Periodic Table.
For amazing photos and facts about zirconium, check out The Elements by Theodore Gray.
Several meteorites that landed on Earth were found to contain zirconium. As we saw with yttrium, samples of rock brought back from the Moon in the Apollo space missions were found to have a surprisingly high zirconium content.
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