What does it look, feel, taste, or smell like?[edit | edit source]
Nickel is a silvery white metal.
How was it discovered?[edit | edit source]
Nickel was discovered in 1751 in Stockholm, Sweden by a Swedish scientist named Axel Fredric Cronstedt.
Where did its name come from?[edit | edit source]
Nickel was named after a mischievous German sprite, Nickel, after miners blamed him for being unable to extract any copper from what they thought was copper ore, but which actually contained nickel.
Where is it found?[edit | edit source]
The largest producers of Nickel are the Philippines, Indonesia, Russia, Australia, and Canada (in that order). It was recently discovered in Nigeria (Dangoma).
What are its uses?[edit | edit source]
Nickel is found in many coins including, of course, nickels.
Is it dangerous?[edit | edit source]
Nickel compounds are classified as human carcinogens. Nickel can cause allergic reactions from skin contact. This is sometimes a problem with earrings for pierced ears, but many earrings are now made without nickel for this reason.
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