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Mineral resource of the month: tantalum

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Tantalum is a metal that is critical to the United States because of its defense-related applications in aircraft, missiles and radio communications. It is ductile, easily fabricated, highly resistant to corrosion by acids, a good conductor of heat and electricity, and has a high melting point. Tantalum’s first commercial usage was as filament material in incandescent electric lamps in the early 1900s.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Mineral resource of the month: tantalum
Series title:
Geotimes
Volume
2004
Issue:
August
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Geosciences Institute
Publisher location:
Alexandria, VA
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
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