Continue reading to expand your knowledge of copper alloy and its wide range of capabilities; as well as, some fun and interesting facts that will certainly make anyone appreciate this universal metal even more.
Copper has been used around the world for more than 10,000 years and perhaps even longer! For countless centuries, copper has been used for various causes. Currency, trading, construction, art, fine jewelry, photography, and more are all archaic, and even current, uses for copper all around the world.
Scientists, researchers, and archaeologists are convinced that there is still a vast amount of copper remaining in the Earth’s top kilometer of crust. These experts believe that if we continue to mine and extract copper at our current rate that we can continue to do so for more than five million more years. That’s a lot of copper!
Copper is one of the most recyclable metals found and used on Earth. In fact, nearly one half of the copper consumed annually in the United States is derived from recyclable materials. Copper’s recycle value is so great that premium-grade scrap metal has at least 95 percent of the original value of newly mined ore. It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of the world’s previously mined copper is still being used today. This is one of its greatest advantages.
Copper is the most durable and versatile metals known to man. It is sometimes referred to as, “man’s eternal metal” because it is malleable, ductile, and long-lasting. It is a better conductor of heat and electricity than all other metals on the periodic table; excluding silver. Without copper, electric light and space voyage might never have been possible!
The average home in today’s society contains around 400 pounds of copper! This includes electrical wiring, appliances, and piping. Also, many automobiles contain around 40 to 50 pounds of copper! To enjoy the society’s current “standard” of living, each human born will require at least 1500 pounds of copper for various resources and uses in their lifetime. What a wonderful natural commodity!