10Ne Neon

Year Discovered

1898

Discovered By

Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers of England

Biological Rating

Not necessary for life.

Description

Named from the Greek word meaning “new”, neon is a colorless, odorless gas. It is nearly inert towards all other elements and chemicals. The primary use of neon is the colored lights that take their name from the element. A moderate electric current will cause even low amounts of neon to glow a bright orange-red. Neon also is used in TV tubes, lasers and as a refrigerant.

Biological Benefits

Neon has no known biological use.

Role in Life Processes

NONE (noble gas)

Sources

Neon mostly is obtained from liquefying air. There are no neon-bearing minerals.