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Mineral Resource of the Month: Niobium

July 1, 2014

Niobium, also called columbium, is a transition metal with a very high melting point. It is in greatest demand in industrialized countries, like the United States, because of its defense-related uses in the aerospace, energy and transportation industries. Niobium is used mostly to make high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel and stainless steel. HSLA steels are used in large-diameter pipes for oil and natural gas pipelines and automobile wheels.

Publication Year 2014
Title Mineral Resource of the Month: Niobium
Authors John F. Papp
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth
Index ID 70101297
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center