It ranks third after iron and aluminum in terms of quantities consumed in the USA.
Known land-based resources of copper are estimated to be 1.6 billion metric tons of copper (USGS, 2004).
Bronze is harder than pure iron and far more resistant to corrosion.
Bronze is also harder than pure copper, so the Egyptians used it for weapons, armor, tools and, most famously, sculptures.
Copper was most commonly alloyed with gold and silver during the time when the Mayans, Incans and Aztecs reigned in Central and South America.
One of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls found in Israel is made of copper instead of more fragile animal skins.
Copper is a mineral and an element essential to our everyday lives.
It is a major industrial metal because of its high ductility, malleability, thermal and electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion. And, its antimicrobial property is becoming increasingly important to the prevention of infection.
The copper sheathing extended hull life and protected against barnacles and other kinds of biofouling.
Some 168 miniature copper farming implements, buried with King Tut to serve him in the afterlife, were recovered from his tomb.