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29 interesting facts about metal

You and your children will find these 29 facts about metal both educational and fun. They make a good pop quiz but more importantly we hope they help promote metal recycling with is good for the environment.

  1. The most abundant metal on earth is iron, followed by magnesium.
  2. Tungsten is the metal with the highest melting point. It starts melting at 3422°C.
  3. The word metal comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘metallon’ which means quarry or to mine or excavate.
  4. The tallest free-standing structures in the world are made of metals, primarily the alloy steel. They include the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, Tokyo’s television tower Skytree and the Shanghai Tower skyscraper.
  5. The metal Gallium will melt in the palm of your hand.
  6. Boeing created a new metal called Microlattice that is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam and 99.9% air.
  7. It snows metal on the planet Venus.
  8. Steel is the worlds most recycled material, with half of the world’s steel production using recycled steel.
  9. Roughly 30% of all metals are recycled.
  10. Water pollution is reduced by 40% when a steel mill uses recycled metal scraps.
  11. Because metal was scarce during World War II, the Oscars given out were made of plaster for three years. The recipients were called back after the war to exchange them for gold-plated metal ones.
  12. If two pieces of uncoated metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together. It doesn’t happen on Earth because the atmosphere puts a thin layer of oxidation between the surfaces, preventing adherence. This process is known as cold welding.
  13. Silver can kill bacteria previously thought immune to antibacterial agents.
  14. Recycling one aluminium can save enough energy to run a computer for three hours and a TV for two hours.
  15. Aluminium reflects 92% of visible light and approximately 98% of infrared light.
  16. Gold can grow on trees, don’t laugh this happens when the gold particles below the ground are absorbed through a biochemical process. The mineral is then deposited into the tree’s bark and leaves.
  17. A 14-karat gold LEGO brick was given out in the early 80’s to employees who had worked at the Germany LEGO factory for over 25 years. They are valued at nearly $20,000 AUD.
  18. Aluminium can be recycled over and over again without any loss of quality.
  19. Touching stainless steel will remove the odour of garlic and onion from your hands.
  20. 95% of all copper ever mined was extracted after 1900. More than half of that has been extracted in the last 24 years.
  21. Exposure to platinum can turn snails into slugs.
  22. Pure gold is too soft for most applications so it is combined with other metals to become stronger.
  23. A 15cm x 15cm cube of iridium or osmium would weigh as much as an average adult human.
  24. Aluminium used to be one of the most expensive metals in the world. Only the wealthiest ate with aluminium utensils, whilst the lesser nobility ate with gold.
  25. There is enough gold in the Earth’s core to coat the Earth 1.5 feet tall.
  26. Californium-252 costs about $2.7 billion AUD per 100 grams, making it one of the most expensive elements known to man.
  27. In Australia, steel makes up about 2.5% of the waste that goes to landfill.
  28. Approximately 98% of all materials in a battery are recycled.
  29. An average city bus contains 75,000 cans worth of steel.

Are you ready to recycle? Call our friendly team at Denron Metals – Adelaide and we’d be happy to answer your questions and arrange to collect your scrap metal.  

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