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.
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.
Captain Randall Rockwood
USNS Lewis And Clark
Chief Engineer, USNS Lewis And Clark
Program Manager, Pacific Propellers
3rd Class Petty Officer, U.S. Navy
Paul Revere, Jr
Revere Copper, Ret.
President, Copper Development Association
Mine Manager, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc.
Mark Aindow, PhD
Professor of Metallurgy, University of Connecticut
Lead Blasters, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc
Thomas Comi, PhD
Conc. Manager, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc
Hydromet Manager, Phelps Dodge Sierrita Inc
President, Verdin Bells
Foundryman, Verdin Bells
Vice President, Verdin Bells
Coppersmith, Vulcan Supply Corp.
Dr. Lisa Su
VP Semiconductor Research, IBM
Dr. Dan Edelstein
Plant Manager, Cerro Wire
President, Ansonia Copper & Brass
Chemist, Ansonia Copper & Brass
Technical Director, Ansonia Copper & Brass