The 10 Most Valuable Elements

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-15
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Pub
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From the stars in the sky to the air that we breathe to the cells in our bodies, everything in the universe is made of elements. They make our lives easier, healthier, or more beautiful. But not all elements are created equal. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introduction: It's Elementary!p. 4
Gold Ever since its discovery, gold has been valued by almost every civilization throughout historyp. 6
Silver Silver may symbolize second place in the Olympics, but when it comes to usefulness, it's a pretty handy metal in more ways than onep. 10
Copper Used by humans since prehistoric times, copper is still one of the most useful metals todayp. 14
Uranium Uranium's nuclear power potential makes it both valuable and dangerousp. 18
Iron Iron is one of the world's strongest metals and is used in industry as well as inside the human bodyp. 22
Silicon Without silicon, modern technology would not exist!p. 26
Nitrogen Nitrogen helps all living things to growp. 30
Carbon Carbon is in animals, vegetables, and fossil fuels - it is the backbone of all living thingsp. 34
Oxygen Oxygen can combine with almost every element and is necessary to the survival of plants, animals, and peoplep. 38
Hydrogen Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and is the foundation of all other elementsp. 42
We Thought...p. 46
What Do You Think?p. 47
Indexp. 48
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