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In most pure metals, there is metallic bonding where there exist positive monoatomic ions and a sea of electrons. Is this the same with mercury? If not, then in elemental (liquid) mercury, what kind of ions are present (polyatomic?)? Thanks.

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    $\begingroup$ Mercury is as good a metal as any other. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Jun 18 '20 at 9:16
  • $\begingroup$ "positive monoatomic ions and a sea of electrons" - that not how metallic bonding works at all. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Jun 18 '20 at 13:47
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    $\begingroup$ Metallic liquids are bonded similar to metallic solids, except that Bloch functions don't apply (although an average band structure does, much like amorphous solids). $\endgroup$ – Jon Custer Jun 18 '20 at 14:03

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