What do you know about metal?
Approximately 75% of the elements in the periodic table are metals. Many metals are strong, shiny and hard and are known for conducting electricity and heat. Metals are also typically malleable. In this week’s blog, we share four fun facts about metal.
1) There are lots of different types of metals
There are all sorts of metals. In the periodic table, we see metals that are pure elements. This means they are made out of the same atom, such as iron, gold, silver, and platinum. However, there are also other kinds of metal which you wouldn’t normally think of as metals, such as sodium and potassium.
2) Many metals are alloys
Alloys are metals that combine two or more elements. Today, many of the metals we use are alloys. They are also referred to as metallic compounds. Alloys are usually stronger and harder than pure metal.
An example of a an extremely strong alloy is steel. While there are several different kinds of steel alloys, the most common one is made out of iron and then combined with small amounts of carbon.
3) Where do you find metal?
Metal is found inside rocks in mines. These rocks are referred to as ore. To separate the other minerals in the rock from the metal, ore must be heated to incredibly hot temperatures in a procedures known as smelting.
4) Recycling metal
Did you know that you can recycle metal?
The mining of metals is expensive and harmful to the environment. Therefore, it’s essential that we recycle metals once we are done with them. An easy way to do this is to bring your metal to us – at Metal Men Recycling! We provide cash for scrap metal. To learn more or to get a quote, please call us on 03 5941 6677.