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Metallic Minerals

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Bauxite

Bauxite Is The Name Given To Ore From Which Aluminium Is Made. A Naturally Occurring Substance In Certain Rock Formations That's Created By Intense Weathering Over Many Hundreds Of Thousands Of Year.

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Silver

Most Silver Mined In Australia Is Associated With The Lead Mineral, Galena. It Can Also Be Discovered In A Gold Silver Alloy Known As 'electrum.'

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Gold

Gold In Latin Is "aurum" Which Means "glow Of Sunrise".

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Antimony

Antimony Is A Lustrous Grey Coloured Metalloid, Or Chemical Element, That Mainly Occurs In Nature As The Sulfide Mineral Stibnite.

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Lead

Lead Is A Very Heavy And Yet Very Soft And Malleable Metal, Lead Is Used In Many Commercial Applications, But Less In Homes Due To Lead Posioning

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Chromium

Chromium (Cr) Is A Steel Grey, Brittle, Hard, Lustrous Metal That Can Be Highly Polished, It Also Resists Tarnishing And Is Tasteless And Odourless.

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Barium

The Most Common Naturally Occurring Minerals Of The Metal Barium (Ba) Is Barite And Witherite. Both Are Insoluble When Placed In Water.

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Cadmium

Cadmium (Cd) Is A Chemical Element. In Metal Form It Is Bluish White And Chemically Similar To Mercury And Zinc. Traces Of Cadmium Occur Naturally In Phosphates.

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Corundum

Corundum (Al203), A Crystalline Form Of Aluminium Oxide With Traces Of Chromium, Titanium And Iron , Should Not Be Confused With Carborundum.

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Indium

Indium (In) Is An Easily Fusible Post Transition Metal That Is Malleable, Soft And Rare In Nature. It Is Chemically Similar To Both Thallium And Gallium.

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Molybdenum

Molybdenum (Mo) Is Often Confused As A Lead, Or Graphite Ore. It Is Used In Alloys And Electrodes And Was Used By Germans In WW2 In Their Artillery Gun “Big Bertha.”

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Lithium

Lithium (Li) Is A Chemical Element. It Is A Soft, Silvery White Metal That Is Part Of The Group Of Chemical Elements Known As The Alkali Metalgroup.

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Lithium Oxide

Lithium Oxide (Li2O) Is A White, Solid, Inorganic Chemical. It Has A Strong Base That Is Corrosive When Dissolved In Water Where It Produces Lithium Hydroxide.

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Manganese Ore

Manganese Ore Is Important In Steel Manufacturing And As A Metallurgical Alloy Has No Satisfactory Substitute. It Is A Chemical Element Found In Many Minerals.

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Magnesia

Magnesium Oxide Description Coming Soon

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Cobalt

Cobalt Is Found In Meteorites And In Ore Deposits In Australia, Canada, Morocco And Zaire. It Is The Only Metal Found In Vitamins Necessary For Human Survival.

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Iron Ore

Iron Ore Is A Rock That Contains Metallic Iron. Australia Is Rich In Economical Iron Ore Deposits From Which The Iron Extracted Is Mainly Turned Into Steel.

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Nickel

Nickel Is One Of The Lesser Known Metals, Yet Its Properties Make It A Valuable Resource. Nickel Is A Silvery White Colour With A Golden Hint; It Is Magnetic, And Also Resistant To Corrosion And Rust.

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Zinc

Zinc Is Known As ‘The Great Protector’ Because Beyond Being A Great Sunscreen, It Plays A Very Important Role In Protecting Other Metal And Steel From Rust And Corrosion.

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Tin

When Tin Is Bent It Produces A Crackling Sound Known As The 'tin Cry.' A Sound Caused By The Crystals That Make Up The Tin, 'twinning', A Feature Specific To This Kind Of Mineral.

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Tungsten

Tungsten (W) Is A Hard Rare Metal That Has A Melting Point Of 3,433 Degrees Celsius And Density 19.3 Times That Of Water And 1.7times That Of Lead.

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Uranium

Australia Has Large Resources Of Uranium. It Is One Of The Most Controversial Metals Known To Mankind As It Is A Source Of Considerable Concentrated Energy.

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Potash

Potash Derives From The Time When Wood Ash Was Stored In Metal Pots To Create A Fertiliser. It Refers To Fertiliser That Contains Potassium (K).

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Palladium

Palladium (Pd) Is A Chemical Element. It Is A Rare Silvery White Metal Discovered In 1803 That Is Mainly Used Today In Vehicle Catalytic Converters.

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Thorium

Thorium (Th) Is A Slightly Radioactive, Natural Occurring Chemical Element. It Exists In Most Rocks And Soils And Has The Potential To Replace Uranium.

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Vanadium

Vanadium, When Used In Small Amounts, Significantly Improves The Properties Of Ferrous Alloys. This Has Allowed Motor Car And Machinery Manufacturers To Harden The Steel Used In Critical Components.

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Zircon

Zircon (ZrSi04) Contains Zirconium, An Extremely Hard Metal That Is Resistant To Corrosion. It Is Found Useful In Chemical Plants And Nuclear Reactors.

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Tantalum Pentoxide

Tantalum Pentoxide (Ta 20 5) Is A White Solid Inorganic Compound That Is Insoluble In Solvents But Susceptible To Attack From Hydrofluoric Acid And Strong Basis.

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Wolframite

Wolframite (Fe,Mn) WO4 Is An Iron, Manganese Tungstate Mineral Closely Linked With Scheelite As An Important Tungsten Ore Mineral That Forms Tungsten Trioxide (WO3)

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Magnesite

Magnesite Is Primarily A Pale White Mineral That Has Many Industrial Uses Because Of Its Heat Resistance, It Is Also Used In The Making Of Attractive Jewellery.

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Unranium Oxide

Uranium Oxide Is Often Referred To As 'yellowcake.' It Is A Radioactive Mineral Consisting Of Opaque Black, Brown Or Grey Crystals With A Greasy Lustre.

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Magnesium

Magnesium (Mg) Is An Alkaline Earth Metal. The Eighth Most Abundant On Earth And The Fourth Most Common Element Behind Only Iron, Oxygen And Silicon.

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Niobium

There Is Currently No Niobium (Nb) Being Produced In Australia. In Past Years Niobium Has Been Recovered In Concentrate Form As A Tantalum Mining By Product.

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Copper

Copper Is One Of The Most Sought After Metals & Australia Is The 5th Leading Producer In The World With Only Chile, United States, Indonesia & Canada Producing More, Despite It Only Having Six Percent

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Platinum

Platinum (Pt) Is The Most Expensive And Rarest Precious Metal. It Is Far Rarer Than Gold And Because Of This It Is Not Readily Available To Collectors.

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Metallurgical Silicon Metal

Metallurgical Grade Silicon (Si) Is A Lustrous Black Metal Used As A Reducing Agent In Steel And Iron Production, A De Oxidiser And For Metal Alloying.

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Alunite

The Mineral Alunite Kal3(SO4)2(OH)6 Has A Colour Ranging From Yellow Grey To White. It Is A Hydrated Aluminium Potassium Sulphate Therefore A Source Of Both Potash And Alum.

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Scandium

Scandium (Sc) Is A Metallic Transition Metal That Is A Silvery White Colour Often Classified As A Rare Earth Element Together With Lanthanides And Yttrium.

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Titanium Slag

Titanium Slag Comes From Ilmenite And Is Used In The Making Of Plastics, Paper, And Paint. It Has A High Titanium Dioxide Content Used To Produce Pigment.

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Pig Iron

Pig Iron Is The Metallic Product Of A Furnace Containing Over 90 Percent Iron. The Name Refers To The Old Fashioned Way Of Casting Iron Into Sand Moulds.

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Rare Earths

Australia Has Almost As Much Rare Earth Resources As Does China. If It Is Written As Resource Per Capita, Australia Has The World's Second Richest Population.

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Tellurium

The Element Tellurium Is Often Found Combined With Gold When Gold Is In A Chemical Compound State. It Is More Common In The Wider Universe Than It Is On Earth.

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