Interesting Facts about Copper

The use of copper dates back to hundreds on year ago where cave men uses copper to make axes and other weapons to hunt for food and defend a tribe. Archeologists of today discovered that Egyptians in the old days use copper in making statues and incorporate it in their plumbing system. Even up to this day, copper still makes it way to some of our products like the nickel which has 75% copper and the dime which has 91.67% copper (together with quarters and half dollars). If you want to know more about the interesting facts about copper, better read on.

Copper, abbreviated by CU for the Latin cuprum, is considered as the oldest metal and its use can be traced back to around 10,000 years ago. Recently, there was a discovery made in Iraq where a pendant made from copper was discovered which ages back to around 8700 BC. Also, archeologists found a plumbing system in the Egyptian pyramid of Cheops that ages back to around 5000 years ago and is still usable.

The electron structure of copper is similar to silver and gold. It has an atomic number of 29. Copper is malleable and soft which means it can be hammered or shaped easily. However, it is strong and hard enough to become a wire which can conduct heat and electricity. It is reddish orange in color or brownish. Copper is a major part of metal alloys. If it is alloyed with zinc, brass is formed but when it is alloyed with tin, bronze is formed. Copper can be made from chalcopyrite, azurite, cuprite, and chalcosite.

One interesting fact about copper is its use in making the statue of Liberty. The statue of liberty has about 179,000 pounds of copper! Copper was used because of its capacity to stand up against harsh weather and winds in the ocean.

Copper does not just go with household materials or other materials used in construction. It also has some important role in human health. Copper helps the heart, immune system and the nervous system of a person become stronger and healthier. It also helps the body make use of iron for the production of red blood cells which are very important in bringing oxygen to the different body parts. Though deficiency of copper is rare, it still has some disadvantages. Copper deficiency could cause anemia, mow white blood cells count, and low bone density. Good sources of copper that may be included in the daily diet are: beans, nuts, legumes, cereals, whole grain, soy milk, seeds and mushrooms.

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