A Science Report by Nick Roberts

History of Argon

Argon was discovered in 1894 by Scottish chemist Sir William Ramsay and Lord Raleigh, an English chemist. .93% of our world's atmospere is made up of argon. Argon can be used to fill incadescent and flourescent light bulbs so that the oxygen doesn't destroy the filament. It is also used for arc welding. Argon is known to form at least one compound, argon fluorohydride. Argon fluorohydride is only stable at very low temperatures. It will begin to decompose if it reaches above the temperature of -246°C (-411°F). Because of this, argon fluorohydride cannot be used for anything besides basic scientific research.