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Which element has the highest melting point?

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Tungsten, element 74, has the highest melting point of all of the elements on the periodic table. Its melting point is approximately 3,695 Kelvin, or 3,422 degrees Celsius.

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Tungsten was first discovered in 1783 by Fausto and Juan Jose De Elhuyar. It was originally named "wolfram," after the tungsten mineral wolframite. Today, the element’s name is simply tungsten, and it is found naturally as a steel-gray to white metal. This element also has the lowest vapor pressure of all of the metals on the periodic table. Tungsten is used as a corrosion resistance product because it can withstand attack by many acids.

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