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Lead (symbol Pb) is a chemical element, a poor metal with atomic number 82 on the periodic table.

Characteristics and historyEdit

Lead has an atomic mass of 207.19. Lead was discovered by Humans in Earth's ancient history. (ST reference: Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual)

Lead can be used for radiation shielding and can also block signals from communicators and tricorders.

A geyser of molten lead once threatened to set down upon a Starfleet landing party from the Federation starship USS Enterprise as they traveled planet Klatoor between the plateaus of Amsha and Kla seeking components to build a cyclonic generator from the five plateau-dwelling tribes of the Klatoor natives. (TOS - Star Trek Annual 1978 comic: "... Wild Goose Chase!")

There was a high lead content in the soil above the underground Federation Battle Station Torgu-Va. This blocked the tricorder uplink that Commander William T. Riker had with the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D). (TNG novel: The Forgotten War)

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