What is boron found in?

Are you feeling boron or am I just being crystal? Either way, you’re here to learn more about this fascinating element and what it’s found in. Boron may not be as well-known as other elements, but let me tell you, its uses are elementary to many industries!

So where can we find Boron then?

Glad you asked! Let’s dive into the various sources of boron.

Rocks and Minerals

Boron is commonly found in rocks and minerals such as:

  • Borax
  • Colemanite
  • Kernite
  • Ulexite

These minerals contain high concentrations of borates which make them an excellent source of boron for industrial use.

Water Sources

Believe it or not, H2O can also be a source of boron. Groundwater that flows through rocks containing high levels of borate will contain trace amounts.

Don’t worry too much though; while they might give your water a bit of funkiness (they call it “boric taste”), the amount present won’t harm humans or wildlife.

Fruits & Vegetables

Everyone knows how important fruits and vegetables are for good health – did you know that they can also provide us with our daily dose of boron?

Foods that have higher concentrations include:

  • Avocado 🥑
  • Almonds 🥜
  • Kiwis 🥝
  • Raisins 🍇

So next time someone says “eat your greens,” remember to add some avocado on top!

Now that we know where it comes from..

Let’s take a closer look at what exactly makes up these sources so ‘borong’:

Source Chemical Composition
Borax Na2B4O7•10H2O
Colemarite CaB3O4(OH)4•H2O
Kernite NaPOB(OH).SUB></NaR.P(SE)
– Almonds Bumchus deliciousness

Just a fair warning, please don’t use this table for your next chemistry exam – I solemnly promis-chewed your teacher won’t be impressed by the almond recipe.

The Uses of Boron

We will all have to boron witness(-es) on how much boron has contributed to so many industries over the years! Here are a few uses that might surprise you:

Agriculture

Boron is essential in plant growth and is often included in fertilizers. Want those plants blossoming? Add some borax into the soil mix – it helps with pollination too!

Glass & Ceramics

When added during production, Boric Oxide can increase hardness and durability. This makes it an important additive for glass (especially LCD screens), ceramics and other specialty items like laboratory flasks – these need to be tougher than thin twigs after all!

Detergents

If cleaning up stains isn’t enough fun already, sodium perborate or peroxoborate can step up your favorite detergents as an enzyme preservative – not just any old power booster.

Are we boring you yet? Don’t worry; we’re not even halfway there! Sitting through lectures never sounded so entertaining if only one could play Jenga at school?

Flame Retardants

With their help, people literally survive from burns they get during fire mishaps. Tetraborates dampen combustion by releasing water molecules upon exposure to high temperature.

Medicine

Boron equally goes a long way in the medical fashion with purposes like arthritis management, anti-inflammatory drugs manufacturing best known as phenylalanine (we know that might not help you in scrabble – but if it does then more pow-tow to you!). It helps improve brain functions and can help cure those toothache blues with periods of use among other benefits.

Conclusion

So there we have it folks, our quick guide to Boron’s sourcing (nyum nyums), its uses and what makes up these sources so boronga-licious! It is truly amazing how one element can contribute immensely across various fields while still maintaining overall body health – multitalented meets Wowzers. Don’t forget how important fruits are now either- my heart kiwis for them anytime.

As always, remember kids: too much of anything isn’t good for us; even Boron!

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