Just like gold, people have been collecting and using silver for thousands and thousands of years because of the many helpful things it does, and because it’s very pretty to look at, too!
Silver is a mineral that comes from within the Earth. It is most commonly found in extractions of other metals like copper, lead, and zinc. When it’s found, it’s usually in the shape of wiry, spindly bundles or thin sheets! Mining for silver is done in over 50 countries!
Silver is useful for a lot of reasons. It’s easy to mold into shapes, such as jewelry, and it is also very good at conducting electricity! (Of all kinds of metals, silver is actually the best at this!) Silver is also useful for things that need to be shiny and reflective, like a mirror. (And mirrors are sometimes made with silver!)
Further informationSilver is also a chemical element. Chemical elements are like the ingredients for everything that exists! So far, scientists have over 100 of them, of which about 90 (including silver!) occur naturally.
ExplorationSilver Solutions!Silver has some other neat uses you might not know about!In addition to jewelry, silver is used to make lots of things like forks, knives, and spoons as well as other kinds of equipment. Silver is also sometimes used to make film, which is what cameras and video cameras used for recording images and making pictures before digital technologies came along!What are some other places where you’ve seen silver being used? What about things not made from silver that are still silver in color??
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