Facts about copper

Do you know the color from blasting the firework is created by the ingredients used in it? And copper contributes blue. Once the firework explodes, the copper metal reacts with the heat and emits a blue color.

Copper is used in making Dinars and is now used in Euros. Copper is the most commonly used metal for coins.

In 1857, the US discovered a single piece of Copper which weighed 420 tons.

Brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc is used in the making of door handles in most places to prevent the transmission of disease from one to another.

If you’re a swimmer, your hair might turn into green in color. This is not because of the chlorine in the water but copper. Copper makes an oxidation reaction when it interacts with air and water and then it turns into a green color.

Almost 80 percent of the copper that is manufactured today is in use still now. The fact says that this metal is available in abundance.

Most of the electronic products circuit boards are made with copper. Inkjet technology is newly invented to create thin copper lines onto the circuits, this technology highly reduces the copper waste.

Copper has a very smooth surface and thus many painters like El Greco, Rembrandt, and Leonardo da Vinci used copper sheets for painting.

Copper is good for health and only consumption of copper at apt level owns a lot of benefits. Too much copper is not!! A high level of copper will lead to vomiting, abdominal pain, and jaundice.

Copper is an essential mineral that has been included in everyday diet. Copper is well known for its high ductility, thermal and electrical conductivity, and malleability.

In the USA, copper is placed in the third position based on the quantities consumed after iron and aluminum

According to the study done by USGS (U.S. Geological Survey), 1,309 pounds of copper will be used by Americans born in 2008 during their entire lifetime.

Copper is used in various areas like plumbing, building construction, electricity and electronics, transportation, and consumer and health products.

Copper can be alloyed with Zinc to create Brass and when it is alloyed with silicon, tin, aluminum, or beryllium to form Bronze. Alloy with Zinc is famous because of its durability it is used in these accurate instrument products such as watches, clocks and navigational aids are made.

Bronze is vital in the production of weapons, tools and sculptures work. Bronze is best for the sculpture work because when heated it expands.

Bronze containing 20-25 percentage of tin is used in the creation of bell metal.

179,000 pounds of copper was used in the Statue of Liberty. An interesting fact is, Statue of Liberty was initially in copper color but because of the oxidation reaction of copper with air, by the year 1906 Statue entirely became green in color.

As you might know, many metals are alloyed with Copper. Even 24 karat gold, contains a certain level of copper, this is because gold is a soft metal and for molding purpose, a bit of copper is added.

Cooking in copper pans and pots prevent heat spots, this is the reason why professional chefs prefer to cook with copper utensils.

Making tools with copper will be the best choice as it will not cause sparks.

Copper is 100% recyclable and it does not change its properties despite the continuous recycling process. Even after recycling copper retains 95% of its original value.

Copper is a highly durable and long-lasting metal that is used in many applications. For this reason, copper is called as “man’s eternal metal”.

For the average man to experience today’s standard of living with the use of computers, telephones, automobiles, etc he/she might use 1500 pounds of copper.

United States coins are made of copper and a layer of copper-nickel alloy.

Earthing system uses copper to protect the lives of people who got stuck in lightning. It is also used in construction which is damaged from lightning. lightning conductors are made with copper that transfers the lightning straight to the ground.

In the US in 1857, the largest single piece of copper weighed 420 tons was discovered.

Archaeologists found the Iceman Otzi (3300 BC) with a nearly pure copper-headed ax. His hair revealed arsenic at high levels, which researchers believe it might be because of copper smelting.

Copper is highly resistant to corrosion that’s why copper alloyed with nickel is used in making things that will be highly exposed to seawater.

The pure copper color is red-orange. When it is exposed to air it darkens to brown color and if exposed to air and water the color changes to a blue-green.