The Colors of Sulfur

Sulfur Colors
Sulfur Colors. Johannes Hemmerlein

When you get right down to it, most the chemical elements have a ho-hum appearance. Silver. Gray. Silvery-White. Blue-Gray. Metals. Boring. Sulfur is different. The solid is bright yellow. If you melt sulfur, you get a blood-red liquid. If you set it on fire, you get a blue flame.

Sulfur is a common element. It's necessary for life, yet some of its compounds are toxic. For example. though you can metabolize a small amount of hydrogen sulfide, it doesn't take much to induce respiratory paralysis, which can lead to death.

Though hydrogen sulfide has a distinctive rotten egg odor, the gas also deadens the sense of smell, so you can't gauge exposure using your nose. More sulfur facts...

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "The Colors of Sulfur." ThoughtCo, Aug. 21, 2014, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2014, August 21). The Colors of Sulfur. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "The Colors of Sulfur." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 25, 2018).