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Copper

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Copper is a relatively common metal that has a high ductility, malleability, good thermal and electrical conductivity and reasonable resistance to corrosion.


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Properties of CopperHide

Atomic Number:
29
Atomic Weight:
63.546(3)
Melting Point:
1358 K (1631°C, 1984°F)
Boiling Point:
3200 K (3473°C, 5300°F)
Density:
8.92 g/cm3

Uses of CopperHide

Electronics and electrical cabling account for about 75% of total copper use with building construction being the primary user of copper followed by the electronics and electronic industries, transportation, industrial and consumer products.

Other Commodities associated with Copper *Hide

CommodityAssociated LocalitiesTotal Localities% Association (commodity)% Association (Copper)
Silver2,6548,61330.81% of all Silver deposits have Copper.35.10% of all Copper deposits have Silver.
Gold2,21919,66011.29% of all Gold deposits have Copper.29.34% of all Copper deposits have Gold.
Lead2,1696,26834.60% of all Lead deposits have Copper.28.68% of all Copper deposits have Lead.
Zinc1,5523,61442.94% of all Zinc deposits have Copper.20.52% of all Copper deposits have Zinc.
Molybdenum33790037.44% of all Molybdenum deposits have Copper.4.46% of all Copper deposits have Molybdenum.
Arsenic21561035.25% of all Arsenic deposits have Copper.2.84% of all Copper deposits have Arsenic.
Antimony20680425.62% of all Antimony deposits have Copper.2.72% of all Copper deposits have Antimony.
Nickel18452535.05% of all Nickel deposits have Copper.2.43% of all Copper deposits have Nickel.
* in exploitable quantities, based on associations listed on mindat.org

Important ores of CopperHide

Processing CopperHide

Pure copper metal is generally produced from a multistage process, beginning with the mining and concentrating of low-grade ores containing copper sulfide minerals (such as chalcopyrite or chalcocite) and followed by smelting and electrolytic refining to produce a pure copper cathode. An increasing share of copper is produced from acid leaching of oxidized ores.

A significant amount of copper is obtained from recycling.

Environmental ConcernsHide

The release of copper into the environment due to mining processes can have a negative impact especially on aquatic life.

The smelting process can also create pollution with large volumes of low concentration sulfur dioxide potentially contributing to acid rain downwind of smelting facilities.

Companies producing CopperHide

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Deposits of CopperHide

This map shows a selection of deposits that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

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