Copper is a native element that has been a resource of significant historical importance. Today it is mostly used in the production of electric cables and wires, as it is an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. Copper often has a red colour on a fresh surface but is more frequently found with a green or black film. This very rare mineral is heavy and so soft that it can easily be formed into different shapes. The name copper arises from the Greek word "Kyprios" which is the name of the island Cyprus. It is here that copper was found quite early and mined. Some of the finest native copper crystals have come from Lake Superior, USA. Fine crystals have also come from Germany, Sweden, Chile and Italy. [BM] {CC} {SS}
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