What are precious metals? Precious metals are rare, naturally-occurring metallic elements of high economic value. Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium are not only lovely to look at, they play invaluable roles in many industries. They tend to be highly conductive and ductile (able to be manipulated without losing toughness or becoming brittle), so they are often used in electronics, aerospace, and the automotive industry. They are also used in medicine and dentistry because they resist corrosion and are biocompatible, meaning they are not toxic to living tissue. This infographic visualizes which countries produce the most of each of these precious metals. Without them, the world would be a lot less dazzling and a lot less functional!
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