Platinum is found in layers of sulphides, which are located in some igneous rocks. South Africa and Russia have the largest reserve of this rare metal.
The United States has a platinum mine located in Montana; some platinum is created in Utah and Texas as a byproduct of processing copper. The most significant source of this mineral is recovered in the Bushveld Complex located in South Africa. Platinum is used in a variety of ways, including making automobiles more environmentally friendly, creating medical devices and jewelry fabrication. Platinum is typically only discovered in the form of flakes instead of nuggets, making mining tedious.