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Mineral resource of the month: bismuth

January 1, 2006

Bismuth compounds are most known for their soothing effects on the stomach, wounds and sores. These properties make the compounds an essential part of many medicinal and cosmetic preparations, which until 1930 accounted for about 90 percent of the bismuth used. The subsequent development of low-melting alloys and chemical catalysts containing bismuth, as well as its use as an additive to casting alloys, has resulted in a wider variety of industrial applications for bismuth.

Publication Year 2006
Title Mineral resource of the month: bismuth
Authors James F. Carlin
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geotimes
Index ID 70045838
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center