Vanadium

Vanadium is a metal not often encountered in its pure form. Most people have certainly come into contact with it, though. Element number 23 is widely used as an additive in various steel alloys to which it adds a great deal of strength.

For now, even I don’t have any of the pure metal. Instead, I have some vanadinite crystals.

 Vanadinite (a vanadate of lead) in the form of crystals on a sandstone matrix.

Vanadinite (a vanadate of lead) in the form of crystals on a sandstone matrix.

This vanadinite (Pb5(VO4)3Cl) was mined in Morocco. Vanadinite is one of vanadium’s main ores, and is also important to lead production.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Comment or Question

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s