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Atomic Number: 66
Atomic Weight: 132.50
Melting Point: 1412
Boiling Point: 2565
Specific Gravity: 8.550
Valence(s): 3
De Boisbaudran discovered Dysprosium in 1886. It can be found in the minerals monazite and bastnasite. Compounds including Dysprosium are used in lasers. Its high melting point and neutron absorption capabilities may make Dysprosium useful in nuclear reactors. It is named for the Greek word dysprositos, meaning hard to get at.
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