What are 16 interesting facts about aluminum?

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What are 16 interesting facts about aluminum?

interesting facts about aluminum?

As one of the most commonly used and recycled metals in the world, aluminum is an extremely abundant metal with a wide variety of uses. Let’s take a closer look at aluminum.

16 interesting facts about aluminum?

  1. ◆ Aluminum is the second largest element in the earth’s crust after silicon, accounting for about 8% of the earth’s crust.
  2. ◆ Aluminum has many uses, from food cans, beverage cans, cell phones to airplanes and cars.
  3. ◆ Aluminum is very light, only one third of the weight of steel and copper.
  4. ◆ It is a soft metal with only 150 years of use, making it one of the youngest metals. By comparison, copper is more than 9,000 years old.
  5. ◆ It was first extracted in 1825 by the Danish chemist Hans Christian Oersted.
  6. ◆ The melting point is 660 degrees Celsius and the boiling point is 2519 degrees Celsius.
  7. ◆ Aluminum is corrosion-resistant, extremely durable, and can be recycled almost indefinitely.
  8. ◆ Aluminum is a very active element that can react with oxygen. However, the oxidation byproduct is not rust, but a dense film of aluminum oxide that protects its interior from further corrosion.
  9. ◆ In 2012, aluminum production for food and beverage packaging alone exceeded 1.9 million tons.
  10. ◆ At one point in the 19th century, aluminum was considered rarer than gold because of its expensive and complicated extraction process.
  11. ◆ 75% of all aluminum ever manufactured is still in use.
  12. ◆ Approximately 55% of cans are recycled each year.
  13. ◆ It may take as little as six weeks for a can of beverage to be sold, recycled and put back on the shelf.
  14. ◆ Aluminum is almost always used as an alloy.
  15. ◆ The energy consumption of recycled aluminum is reduced by 95% compared to the production from scratch.
  16. ◆ The energy saved by recycling one aluminum can keeps the light bulb on for nearly four hours

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