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13 Al Aluminium

Metal, mass: 26.982 u, 1 stable isotope (27), abundance rank (earth/space): 3/12

Click image to magnify. Pure aluminium foil. Original size in cm: 5 x 5
Aluminium Aluminium foil rough side
Aluminium is very abundant and is used in pure form for a lot of different things, like kitchen foil, mirrors, coins and industrial components. It is light, soft and malleable, which makes it a material ideal to work with. At very high temperatures it can burn and emit a lot of energy. So the production of aluminium from its compounds in earth's minerals like bauxite takes a lot of energy, much more than recycling used aluminium. The latter is more environmentally friendly and also cheaper.

Aluminium coin Aluminium chunk
Left: A German aluminium coin from the time of the hyperinflation.
Right: Chunk of aluminium, 2.6 grams, 1 x 2 cm.

Aluminium plate
Aluminium plate from India for the burning of incense sticks. 5 x 20 cm, 45 grams.


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