Elements around the world
January 27, 2016 1:38 PM   Subscribe

Elements around the world
I've been marking up a map of the world with locations relevant to a particular chemical element (so far just sulfur, arsenic, and iron). Each mark includes a brief description with links to additional information.
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posted by bismol (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite


Your iron is copper colored ... or would you use green for copper?
posted by aubilenon at 5:54 PM on January 27, 2016

I figured it was more of a rust colour! Copper will probably be green or blue.
posted by bismol at 3:26 AM on January 28, 2016

Cool idea. Would be interesting to know where the various mines for elements are. I know a lot of the rare earth elements, neodymium in particular, are in Asia, for instance. Where elements are mined tells a lot of interesting stories, geopolitical and otherwise.

Your project prompted me to do a search for mine locations and I found this periodic table link on the USGS site. Might be helpful in your research.

(BTW, I really like also that your map has spills, tourist attractions, and other info on it.)
posted by tempestuoso at 1:21 PM on January 28, 2016

One possible addition: Copper Country — one of the few places in the world where native copper (naturally occurring metallic copper) is found. Native Americans in the area were thus able to produce copper items despite not having smelting technology.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:46 PM on January 28, 2016

tempestuoso - Thanks for the link and feedback! I like the idea of mapping out where elements are mined. I did a similar thing with natural resources in Canada.

DevilsAdvocate - Neat, I knew Michigan was full of iron ore but didn't realize it had a bunch of native copper as well. I'll add it to the map!
posted by bismol at 4:18 AM on January 29, 2016

Cool idea. I look forward to seeing the more rare ones. There is a nutso amount of iron ore in the Pilbara in Western Australia. Other places too. Also copper is pretty commonly mined in Australia.
posted by kjs4 at 9:48 PM on January 31, 2016

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