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Copper Mines In Zambia. By: Alex Elizalde. What is Copper?. Copper is a chemical element with the symbol of Cu on the periodic table. Very ductile and high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and is in a pink or peach color. A transitional metal. Google Imigies.

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    1. Copper Mines In Zambia By: Alex Elizalde

    2. What is Copper? • Copper is a chemical element with the symbol of Cu on the periodic table. • Very ductile and high thermal and electrical conductivity. • Pure copper is soft and is in a pink or peach color. • A transitional metal Google Imigies

    3. How is mined? • Most copper ore is mined or extracted as copper from open pit mines. • deposits that contain 0.4 to 1.0 percent copper. • Copper has been in use at least 10,000 years, but more than 95 percent of all copper ever mined and smelted has been extracted since 1900. • Chile, Peru, Zaire, and Zambia are the biggest producers of copper.

    4. How is it taken from the ground? • The most common form of copper ore is chalcopyrite. • Electro refining, Smelting, and Roasting are some methods of taking the copper out of chalcopyrite. • There are a lot of other forms of copper but they aren't as good as chalcopyrite.

    5. Zambia copper • Zambia has one of the best copper belts in the world and now is being overused. • The companies are polluting local rivers and wildlife. • These are also harming the works because of the fumes.

    6. working conditions • The working conditions in Zambia are getting worse and worse. • The hours are getting longer and people are dying from the toxic fumes of pure copper and other chemicals used in the making it. • Now the wife's of the miners are protesting against the bad working conditions

    7. Pollutions in water • The chemicals from the mines are being leaked into the people river water which used to be clean and fresh and now are dirty and undrinkable. • People are getting burns from the acidic chemicals that are being used in the mines.


    9. Pollution to plants • The water that is leaking out of the mines and refineries are soaking into the ground and making plants die, • Areas that used to be fertile now are unusable because of the bad soil that wont go away for centuries.


    11. Pollution to wildlife • Animals are also no exception to the dangers of the copper. • Copper has made a lot of the animals there migrate to a place where they can actually live without being poised. • About 15% of the native animals have left and more will keep leaving if they don’t stop.

    12. THE END • Noyce JO, Michels H, Keevil CW (2006). "Potential use of copper surfaces to reduce survival of epidemic meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the healthcare environment". J. Hosp. Infect.63: 289. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2005.12.008. PMID16650507 • Audi, G (2003). "Nubase2003 Evaluation of Nuclear and Decay Properties". Nuclear Physics A (Atomic Mass Data Center) 729: 3. doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2003.11.00 • Copper. In: Recommended Dietary Allowances. Washington, D.C.: National Research Council, Food Nutrition Board, NRC/NAS. 1980. pp. 151-154. • Thomas C. Pleger, "A Brief Introduction to the Old Copper Complex of the Western Great Lakes: 4000-1000 BC", Proceedings of the Twenty-seventh Annual Meeting of the Forest History Association of Wiscon • Mehtar S, Wiid I, Todorov SD (2008). "The antimicrobial activity of copper and copper alloys against nosocomial pathogens and Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolated from healthcare facilities in the Western Cape: an in-vitro study". J. Hosp. Infect.68: 45. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2007.10.009. PMID18069086.