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Facts about Coltan: What Do You Know About African Mineral Resources?

The Meaning and Facts about Coltan

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Coltan is short for Columbite – Tantalite. A black tar-like mineral found in major quantities in the Republic Democratic of Congo.  The Democratic Republic of Congo possesses 64% of the world’s reserve of Coltan.

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When coltan is refined it becomes a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. The properties of refined coltan are vital elements in creating devices that store energy or capacitors, which are used in a vast array of small electronic devices, especially in mobile phones, laptop, computers, pagers and other electronic devices.

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Once the coltan is processed and converted to capacitors, it is then sold to companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Compaq, Alcatel, Dell, Hewlett- Packard, IBM, Lucent, Ericsson and Sony for use in wide assortment of everyday products ranging from cell phones to computer chips and game consoles.

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What are some of the uses of coltan in modern society?

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  • Laptop computers
  • Cellular phones
  • Jet Engine
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  • Rocket
  • Cutting tools
  • Camera lenses
  • X-ray film
  • Ink Jet Printers
  • Hearing aids
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  • Airbag protection systems
  • Ignition and motor control modules, GPS, ABS systems in automobiles
  • Game console such as playstation, xbox, and nintendo
  • Video cameras
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  • Digital still cameras
  • Prosthetic devices for humans – hips, plates, in the skull, also mesh to repair bone removed after damage by cancer.
  • Pacemakers
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    Source: [Friends Of The Congo]

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