Ytterbium, element 70, is yet another element named after the mining village of Ytterby, Sweden. The metal was discovered and named in 1878 by Swiss chemist Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac.1 Ytterbium has the chemical symbol Yb.

The other elements named after Ytterby are yttrium, erbium, and terbium.

1Oxford English Dictionary, ytterbite, 2nd Edition, 1989, Oxford University Press, accessed 25 October 2009,

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