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Re: Can metal get so hot, that it will evaporate?

Date: Fri Dec 29 16:50:26 2006
Posted By: Jonathon Speed, Undergraduate, Chemistry, Southampton University
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1163734093.Ch

Put simply, yes, metals can get so hot that they will evaporate. Of course,
it takes a very large amount of heat. The melting point of copper is
roughly 1100C, but its boiling point is just under 3000C! The boiling
point of iron is also very high, at about 2681C.

There is one metal, called Mercury, which is a liquid at room temperature,
and boils into a gas at only 356C.

Hope that answers your question.

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