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The reaction between lithium and water

When lithium reacts with water, lithium hydroxide and hydrogen gas are produced. Lithium hydroxide is an alkali.


Lithium + Water Lithium hydroxide + Hydrogen
2Li + 2H2O 2LiOH + H2


image of lithium reacting in water

When lithium reacts with water it does not produce heat quickly enough to ignite the hydrogen given off or melt the lithium, which has a higher melting point than potassium and sodium.


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