Lead is a metal element that is solid at room temperature. It has a boiling point of 3,180 degrees Fahrenheit, a melting point of 621.34 degrees F and a density of 11.342 grams per cubic centimeter. The element has an atomic weight of 207.2 and is assigned the period number 6, group number 14 and atomic number 82 on the periodic table of elements.
Lead is a very dense yet soft and malleable metal that possesses corrosion-resistant properties. The existence of lead has been recognized since ancient times, and it is occasionally found in nature. It is mainly found in ores such as minum, galena, cerussite, and anglesite. Lead is used to protect cables and wires from corrosion and to store corrosive liquids, among other uses.