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By A.J. Roan
Data Mine North 

Niobium gets a promotion into high-tech

Critical Minerals Alliances 2022 - September 12, 2022

 

Last updated 9/15/2022 at 3:05pm

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is Alaska began the widespread use of niobium.

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The widespread use of niobium in pipe steels started with the 1970s construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Superconductors, super magnets, and superalloys, this metal is super

The stories behind the discovery of many elements in the periodic table make for a fascinating read, but perhaps top among them should be the 41st element, a shiny, white metal known as niobium – for its story spans over centuries, with twists and turns befitting even the best piece of fiction.

Due to the astute obs...



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