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Where does sodium come from?

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Sodium comes from the fusion of two carbon atoms in stars that are at least three times as massive as the sun, even though the sun itself has a fair amount of sodium. On Earth, sodium is found in salt, natron and minerals such as zeolite.

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Sodium, a very reactive alkali metal, is never found in its free state. It has an atomic number of 11 and is part of Group 1 on the periodic table. Pure metallic sodium is used as a reducing agent in the chemical industry. Sodium vapor is used in street lights. As a liquid, sodium is also used as a coolant in nuclear reactors.

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