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Group 16: The Oxygen Family (The Chalcogens)

The oxygen family, also called the chalcogens, consists of the elements found in Group 16 of the periodic table and is considered among the main group elements. It consists of the elements oxygen, sulfur, selenium, tellurium and polonium. These can be found in nature in both free and combined states.

Thumbnail: A sample of sulfur a member of the oxygen group of elements. Image used with permission (Public Domain; Ben Mills).