Germanium Ore

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Detailed Description

Germanium is important to defense and law enforcement because of its use in technologies like infrared night vision and satellite solar cells. Infrared optics & fiber-optics depend on germanium crystals. Most germanium production is concentrated in a few countries—Canada, China, Finland, and Russia. The United States is completely dependent on imports for its germanium consumption. Image credit: By Alchemist-hp (talk) ( - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 de,


Image Dimensions: 800 x 718

Location Taken: US