|Melting point||3550°C3,823.15 K |
|Boiling point||3825°C4,098.15 K |
|Discovered in:||prehistoric times|
The element carbon is considered to be the basis of life as we know it. Carbon's unique bonding abilities allow it to form complex organic molecules that make the chemical reactions necessary for life possible. For example, carbon is an integral part of carbohydrates, amino acids, and enzymes.