Mineral resource of the month: tantalum




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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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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