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Seminole Group - Zirconium

Zirconium is a Powerful Metal that is Highly Resistant to Corrosion

Zirconium, which resembles titanium, is obtained from the mineral zircon, which is a byproduct of the mining and processing of titanium and tin. It is a strong, ductile transition metal that is highly resistant to corrosion and is used as an alloy agent in steels.

In 1824 Jon Berzelius isolated Zirconium in its impure form. It has since been found in the sun, meteorites and in surprisingly high levels in lunar rock samples obtained from Apollo moon missions.

Zirconium in powder form can ignite spontaneously in the air, especially at high temperatures. Zirconium is often used as an alloying agent in materials exposed to corrosives, it is used extensively in the chemical industry because of its exceptional resistance to corrosives. It is used in space vehicles due to its heat resistance. It is also used in lamp filaments, surgical appliances, and superconductivity magnets. Research of these superconductivity magnets has offered hope of large scale, direct generation of electric power.