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Earth’s Hidden Treasures and Why We Hunt for Them

    • Silver is a vital component in solar cell technology

      used in photovoltaic power, the leading current source of green electricity
    • Silver coated contacts account for every electrical connection in a modern car

      Over 60 million ounces of silver are used annually in motor vehicles
    • Silver is found in virtually every electronic device

      used in everything from printed circuit boards to switches and TV screens
    • Silver has been considered a precious element for 6000 years

      first used as a currency in 700 B.C. and has had a role as a trading metal in nearly every ancient and modern culture
    • Silver was first mined around 3000 B.C. in Anatolia, modern-day Turkey

      Today silver mine production has now grown to 24,000 tonnes in 2021
    • Silver is a common catalyst for many manufacturing processes

      Silver catalysts help produce plastics and adhesives, including polyester, dinnerware, and packaging materials
    • Silver coatings are being placed on medical devices to help fight infections

      used in breathing tubes, catheters, artificial bones, bandages, and ointments
    • Due to gold's heat conductivity, it quickly reaches human body temperature

      It has been a popular choice in jewelry making since at least 4000 BC by the ancient Thracian civilization in Bulgaria


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