Category Archives: Properties and uses of metals

Environmental impact of using metals and recycling

What are the social, economic and environmental impacts of exploiting metal ores, of using metals and of recycling metals? Metal ores are obtained by mining/quarrying and that this involved digging up and processing large amounts of rock. Most ores are mined have to be concentrated before the metal is extracted and purified. This means that metal or mineral extraction results

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Properties and uses of metals

The elements in the central block of the periodic table (shown in pink by the adjacent Periodic Table) are known as transition metals. Like other metals they are good conductors of heat and electricity and can be bent or hammered into shape. They are useful as structural materials, chemical catalysts, and for making things that must allow heat or electricity

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