How does hydrogen occur in nature? What is another name of hydrogen?


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Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe. Most stars (including our sun) are predominantly composed of hydrogen. It is the lightest (in mass terms) of all the elements and Earth's gravity is too weak to retain very much "free" hydrogen. It does occur on earth in combination with other elements though, notably in combination with oxygen, forming water; carbon - forming hydrocarbons (like methane, acetylene, butane; carbion and oxygen - forming carbohydrates like sugar and cellulose. It also exists in many minerals. Coal gas, used in many countries before natural gas became available, was predominantly hydrogen.

I know of no other common name for hydrogen.

John McCann Profile
John McCann answered

The ion of hydrogen, less it's single electron, ( H^+ )  is just a proton and is commonly so named.

For instance, when the acid, hydrochloric acid, HCl, is in solution it is said to donate a proton to solution. A hydrogen ion. No other name of hydrogen comes to mind.

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Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
You might also want to take a look at Quora - real questions, real answers - and both in real English. Neat huh? Brutal peer review though, sometimes not terribly "social".
John McCann
John McCann commented
@ Ray Dart

I tried Quora. You need a cell phone number there I think.
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Yo Kass commented
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