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Elementary (Posted on 2008-03-09) Difficulty: 2 of 5

Simple nearly beyond compare.

He is noble. He is rare.

He makes you squeak! Quiescent! Light!

Bright coloured things He brings to flight!

For all of that (so we are told)

He can be amazingly cold.

Who is He?

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He is the atomic symbol of the element Helium. The atomic structure of Helium, besides it's rarer forms and that of the element Hydrogen, is composed of the fewest protons, neutrons and electrons of all the elements, and thus may be considered 'simple nearly beyond compare'. Helium is one of the seven elements known as 'noble' gases and 'rare' gases. Under normal conditions, due to its valence of zero, Helium is chemically unreactive, thus may be considered 'quiescent'. Because Helium is less dense than air, it is 'light' and is used to inflate balloons ('bright coloured things') to give them lift (bringing them to 'flight'). When inhaled, it will change the timbre of a person's voice, i.e., cause it to 'squeak'. Helium is often put under high pressure, and due to its high thermal condictivity, when allowed to suddenly expand, it can be 'amazingly cold'.

Edited on March 9, 2008, 1:44 pm
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2008-03-09 13:36:08

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