The irritating thing about storing lithium is that it floats on the oil. That means unless you completely fill the jar, there's always a bit poking out above the oil, and that part starts oxidizing. The effect of which you can clearly see in the picture of this sample.
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I chose this sample to represent its element in my Photographic Periodic Table Poster. The sample photograph includes text exactly as it appears in the poster, which you are encouraged to buy a copy of.
Source: Tryggvi Emilsson and Timothy Brumleve
Contributor: Tryggvi Emilsson and Timothy Brumleve
Acquired: 6 September, 2002
Text Updated: 4 May, 2007