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Copper is one of the first metals to be used by mankind. It is mainly found in its pure and natural form which is the reason for its early discovery in 9000 BC along with its use. Copper was first found in Mesopotamians around 6000 years ago, and it was the first time copper was actually made use of. The Mesopotamians, Egyptians and Native Americans used the metal because of the visual appeal it had much like how gold and silver was used for decorative items; copper was also used for the same things. There is evidence that shows gold and meteoric iron being the only metals to be used by humans before copper.
Copper is a soft pure reddish-orange colour which only appears when it is exposed on the surface. The name of the metal comes from the Latin word cuprum which means ‘from the island of Cyprus’. The value of pure copper is around $9.76 per 100 grams and the cost of copper in bulk would be around $0.66 per 100 grams. It has a very high thermal and electrical conductivity hence the reason why it is used as a conductor for heat and electricity, as a building material and is also used with various metal alloys, such as sterling silver used in jewellery.
When copper was first discovered it was mainly used as a component of coinage in many different countries, and it is very much still used for the same reason today, but copper has been identified for many other uses apart from coinage. Copper is mainly used in construction work, power generation and transmission, electronic product manufacturing and the production of industrial machinery and vehicles. Copper is used in everyday uses such as in heating and cooling systems, wiring and plumbing and telecommunication links. Copper is also a key component of transport vehicles like cars and trucks, an average of 1.5km of copper wire is used in cars. Copper rotors have also been found to increase the efficiency of electric motors, which is a key purchaser of electric power.
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