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Lithium (from Greek lithos 'stone') is a soft, silver-white metal with symbol Li and atomic number 3. It belongs to the alkali metal group of chemical elements. Under standard conditions it is the lightest metal and the least dense solid element. Like all alkali metals, lithium is highly reactive and flammable. For this reason, it is typically stored in mineral oil. When cut open, lithium exhibits a metallic luster, but contact with moist air corrodes the surface quickly to a dull silvery gray, then black tarnish. Because of its high reactivity, lithium never occurs freely in nature, and instead, only appears in compounds, which are usually ionic.
Although lithium is widely distributed on Earth, it does not naturally occur in elemental form due to its high reactivity. According to the Handbook of Lithium and Natural Calcium, Lithium is a comparatively rare element, although it is found in many rocks and some brines, but always in very low concentrations. Observational studies in Japan, reported in 2011, suggested that naturally occurring lithium in drinking water may increase human lifespan.
In the treatment of bipolar disorder, lithium compounds continue to be the standard against which newer medications are measured. Lithium salts may also be helpful for related diagnoses, such as schizo-affective disorder and cyclic major depression.
Lithium is found in certain rock formation - spodumene, lepidolite and petalite being a few as well as lithium quartz (pictured). It is the lithium content that gives these rocks their pink-purple hue.
Other fabrics in the collection (to be released soon) are:
Red, Red Wine Molecule - red
Gaba Chill Molecule - sky blue
Happy Serotonin Molecule - lemon yellow
Spacetime DMT Molecule - aqua blue
Steady Norepinephrine Molecule - medium grey
THC Molecule- kelly green
Acetylcholine Bliss Molecule - lime green
Dopamine of Love Molecule - bright pink
(Lithium Haze Molecule - lavender)