What is it and where is it formed?
Platinum is the rarest metal. It costs double what
It is formed in
igneous rocks that have iron and magnesium in
them. Platinum is found in thin layers along with other metals
like copper and gold.
How and where is it mined? It is mined
underground mining. When the igneous rocks
are weathered by wind, rain, snow, etc., the platinum is washed
down into rivers and streams where it is mined with
mining. In the old time silver mines, the miners thought
platinum was a junky form of
silver and threw it away. People
call platinum “white gold” because it is found in places where
gold is mined. Platinum is found in grains or flakes. In the
United States, we get platinum when copper and gold are
processed. It is mined in South Africa, Russia, Columbia,
Alaska, and Canada.
What is it used for? Platinum is used for
surgical instruments, chemical equipment, jewelry, and catalytic
converters in cars. It can be molded easily, so it is used for
things like wire and in things that need to be bent.