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Mineral resource of the month: germanium

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Germanium is a hard, brittle semimetal that first came into use over a half-century ago as a semiconductor material in radar units and in the first transistor ever made. Most germanium is recovered as a byproduct of zinc smelting, but it has also been recovered at some copper smelters and from the fly ash of coal-burning industrial power plants.

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Title:
Mineral resource of the month: germanium
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Geotimes
Volume
2003
Issue:
June
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
AGI
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
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