|Atomic mass||138.9055 amu|
|Classification||Rare Earth Metals|
|Number of Stable Isotopes||2|
|Date of discovery||1839|
|Name of discoverer||Carl Mosander|
|Name origin||From the Greek lanthanein, meaning to lie hidden.|
|Uses||Due to the refractive properties it adds to glass, it is used in expensive camera lenses. Also used in lighter flints, battery electrodes, catalytic converters, and as a biological tracer.|
|Obtained from||Found along with monazite and bastnasite.|
Lanthanum is an element in the "rare earths" class of the periodic table. Specifically, it is the first in the "Lanthanide" series. It is easily oxidized in air, and reacts with water. It has two stable isotopes (actually one, but another one has a half-life of 1011 years).
Lanthanum was discovered while searching for impurities in Cerium.
|Periodic Table of the Elements|