Do you know copper is everywhere: TVs, radios, electrical wiring, plumbing and washers? We can’t live without it in our modern life. It is often alloyed with zinc or tin to make brass or bronze, giving it a golden-like colour. Let’s see the six interesting things about copper.
Copper is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. A freshly exposed surface of pure copper has a pinkish-orange colour. Copper is one of the few metals that can occur in nature in a directly usable metallic form. This led to very early human use in several regions, from 8000 BC.
Copper ranks as the third-most-consumed industrial metal in the world, after iron and aluminum.
Aside from gold, copper is the only metal on the periodic table whose colouring isn't naturally silver or gray.
The Statue of Liberty is made from 179,000 pounds of copper.
All gold contains some level of copper, even 24 karat gold. This is because gold is so soft; it can be molded with the hands and calls for a bit of copper to be added.
Copper is 100% recyclable and nearly 80% of the copper that has been produced is still in use today.
Copper is a metal that alloys very easily with other metals. Scientists have discovered more than 570 different copper alloys.