What is it and where is it formed? Native
silver is the purest kind of silver. Native silver is a
metal with nothing else added to it. Most silver is found in an
ore combined with a
mineral. It can be found in
sedimentary ore like
galena. It is formed in
veins of rock that
have hot water flowing around and through them.
How and where is it mined? Silver is mined
underground mining. Most of the time, silver is found in
ore. The miner's goal might not be to find silver, but to mine
lead, or zinc. Native Silver is found by itself. Silver has to
be taken out of the ore. First it is crushed, heated until it
melts, combined with something else, and then it have chemicals
injected into it that finally separate it. Silver is mined in
in Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona; Canada, Chile, Peru, Mexico,
What is it used for? Silver is used to
make money, jewelry, photography, mirrors, batteries,
silverware, and medical equipment. Because it is so bendable,
it can be made into wires or shaped.
There are different kinds of silver. Pure
silver is 100% pure. Sterling is 92.5% pure. Britannia is
about 95% pure.
Silver conducts heat and electricity very
Even though it isnít as valuable as gold,
there were Silver Rushes in the Old West.