Asit Ticaret, Alkaliler

Since the alkaline metals are highly active, they cannot be found as free in the nature. In the minerals that they are found, they are in the form of +1 value ions. The simple compounds, which can dissolve in water, like rock salt (NaCl) and potassium chloride (KCl) are the raw materials for the production of alkaline metals. From the electrolysis of the solution of these salts, metallic sodium and potassium is obtained. The alkaline metals can be added to more complex mineral structures like mica and zeolites.

Alkaline metals bears the general metallic characteristics; they have high heat and electrical conductivity, surfaces of shear of bright silver white color, and they can be drawn as wire and can be forged. The alkaline metals are soft enough to be cut with a knife.