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By A.J. Roan
Data Mine North 

Strongest metal shows US supply weakness

Critical Minerals Alliances 2022 - September 12, 2022

 

Last updated 9/15/2022 at 3:05pm

Rocket engine nozzles use tungsten for its durability, high melting point.

SpaceX

Extremely hard and with the highest melting point of all the elements, tungsten is often used in rocket engine nozzles.

Tungsten could be held ransom unless domestic mines open

Tungsten, or wolfram, is the 74th element on the periodic table of elements and, like many other metals that have found their way onto critical mineral lists in Canada, Europe, and the United States, this sturdy metal is vulnerable to supply disruption.

Tungsten has been known since prehistoric times, and as far back as 350 years...



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