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Mineral of the month: cadmium

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Cadmium, which was once used almost exclusively for pigments, now has many diverse applications. Cadmium’s low melting point, excellent electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion make it valuable for many products including batteries, electroplated coatings, stabilizers for plastics, solar cells and nonferrous alloys. Today’s cadmium is primarily used in rechargeable batteries, accounting for about 78 percent of consumption in 2004. In 2000, an estimated 3.5 billion consumer batteries were sold in the United States, of which almost 10 percent were nickel-cadmium batteries.

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Title:
Mineral of the month: cadmium
Series title:
Geotimes
Volume
2005
Issue:
August
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
AGI
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
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