Problem: A sample of soil from a newly discovered cave is analyzed by a team of explorers. They find an element that is a good conductor of electricity. It also forms a chloride in the form XCl2 and an oxide in the form XO. The element is a liquid at room temperature. What is the identity of this element? Express your answer using a chemical symbol.The elements from group 3 to group 12 in the periodic table are often called the transition metals. These elements exhibit the characteristic properties of metals and are often found in more than one oxidation state.

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A sample of soil from a newly discovered cave is analyzed by a team of explorers. They find an element that is a good conductor of electricity. It also forms a chloride in the form XCl2 and an oxide in the form XO. The element is a liquid at room temperature. What is the identity of this element? 

Express your answer using a chemical symbol.


The elements from group 3 to group 12 in the periodic table are often called the transition metals. These elements exhibit the characteristic properties of metals and are often found in more than one oxidation state.

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