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Metals

 

Cassiterite (SnO2)

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Cassiterite gets its name from the Greek word for ‘tin’. 


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How is Tin used?

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Tin is used in a number of industrial processes throughout the world.


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Copper (Cu)

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It’s hard to imagine a world without copper. We rely on copper for supplying power, lighting, heating, communications, and water.


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How is Copper used?

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The first copper objects were decorative - because copper is attractive and easy to shape into objects like earrings, rings, bracelets, combs and mirrors. Copper can be mixed with other metals to create alloys such as bronze (copper and tin) or brass (copper and zinc).


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Comment left by Tee - Yaa on 2009-11-10 17:48:08

good website not very educaational i think there should be more about the history of the mine

Comment left by Sam Scantlebury on 2010-06-27 18:13:58

Fantastic website, more archival info and photos' please.

 

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