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Unformatted text preview: The product is 99# copper. Electrometallurgy is then used to refine the copper to make a 99.9% metal. Sometimes sulfuric acid will be used to dissolve the copper. If pyrometallurgy is used it will require large amounts of energy and pollution is always a result. The open pit mines also take up large amounts of land and alter the landscape. Copper is used much more often in our society then one would realize. We use it in money, wires, and computing, plumbing, electrical work. Of course there is going to be a downside in the process of getting copper, just like there is to everything. But copper resources have become essential and we should utilize all the resources in our environment....
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This document was uploaded on 11/03/2011 for the course CHEM 106 at BYU.
- Fall '08