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By Shane Lasley
Mining News 

Graphite makes its mark on 21st Century

From mundane to miraculous, traditional and emerging uses drive demand for new supplies of the versatile carbon polymer


Last updated 3/25/2012 at Noon

Possessing neither the brilliance of diamonds nor the thermal-producing capabilities of coal, graphite is the middle sibling of the carbon family. Until recently, it has largely gotten by on its heat-resistant attributes. Some 70 percent of the 1.1 million metric tons of natural graphite consumed in 2011 was used in making steel and in automotive and lubrication applications.

But scientists to...

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