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Name: Gadolinium
Symbol: Gd
Atomic Number: 64
Atomic Mass: 157.25
Standard State: Solid at 298 kelvin
Group name: Lanthanoid
Period in Periodic Table: 6
Color: silvery white
Classification: Metallic

This is a few facts about Gadolinium. Gadolinium has the highest thermal neutron capture cross- section of any known element. It was named for the mineral gadolinite from which this rare earth was originally obtained. It also is used for cd disks and alloys. Gadolinium is never found in nature as a free element. Lastly it acts slowly with water.