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Where does the element lead come from?

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The element lead has been known since ancient times and is sometimes found free in nature, but most lead on Earth is obtained by burning the ore galena in hot air. Today, lead is also obtained through the mining of ores such as minum, cerussite and anglesite.

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Lead is a solid non-metal element that has a boiling point of 3180 degrees Fahrenheit and a melting point of 621.43 degrees Fahrenheit. The element lead has an atomic weight of 207.2, a density of 11.342 grams per cubic centimeter and is assigned the group number 14, period number 6 and atomic number 82 on the periodic table of elements.

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