Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 37


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 13, 2006 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions