Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 37


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 13, 2006 on The History Channel
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It transports electricity, water, and heat. It brings music to our ears and beauty to our eyes. Copper--its impressive traits, long history, and how it's mined. This versatile metal’s most famous attribute is its ability to conduct electricity.
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • About 200,000 pounds of copper are used for each Triton-Class nuclear submarine. It is used primarily in the electrical generation and storage system.

      • We're in no danger of running out of copper. Known resources are estimated at nearly 8.1 trillion pounds, of which only about .75 trillion pounds, or less than 10%, have been mined.

      • Some asphalt roofing shingles contain copper oxide granules. The biostatic properties of the copper inhibit the growth of unsightly algae.

      • In 1982, the U.S. Mint changed the composition of a penny from 95% copper to just 2.6% copper and 97.4% zinc, to keep production costs under one cent per coin.

      • Earliest piece of copper jewelry found dated back to 8700 BC.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It transports electricity, water and heat. Our bodies can't survive without it, yet it can kill microbes within minutes. It brings music to our ears and beauty to our eyes. It ended the Stone Age and ushered in the Information Age. This versatile red metal has been indispensable to our technological success. Now, Copper, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Captain Randall Rockwood
        USNS Lewis And Clark

        Robert McManus
        Chief Engineer, USNS Lewis And Clark

        James King
        Program Manager, Pacific Propellers

        Timothy Patrick
        3rd Class Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

        Paul Revere, Jr
        Revere Copper, Ret.

        Andrew Kireta
        President, Copper Development Association

        Tim Swendseid
        Mine Manager, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc.

        Mark Aindow, PhD
        Professor of Metallurgy, University of Connecticut

        Jimmy Kirker
        Lead Blasters, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc

        Thomas Comi, PhD
        Conc. Manager, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc

        Chris Viecelli
        Hydromet Manager, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc

        Jim Verdin
        President, Verdin Bells

        Tim Verdin
        Foundryman, Verdin Bells

        Dave Verdin
        Vice President, Verdin Bells

        Larry Stearns
        Coppersmith, Vulcan Supply Corp.

        Dr. Lisa Su
        VP Semiconductor Research, IBM

        Dr. Dan Edelstein
        Researcher, IBM

        Andy Paine
        Plant Manager, Cerro Wire

        Ray McGee
        President, Ansonia Copper & Brass

        Richard Renkavinsky
        Chemist, Ansonia Copper & Brass

        Lou Solomon
        Technical Director, Ansonia Copper & Brass

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