Tin is a metal commonly used as a protective coating for materials susceptible to weathering. It is also used in the creation of metal alloys such as bronze and pewter.
Tin is not a man-made, manufactured product but a naturally occurring metallic element. Like other chemical elements, such as gold or hydrogen, it is produced through natural processes. Because it is one of the most abundant natural resources in the Earth's crust, it is...
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Today, most tin comes from southeast Asia and countries such as China, Indonesia, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. Although tin was mined in England and the United States at one point in history, most tin is now found in the southern hemisphere, as there are no remaining subst...
The majority of tin is mined using bucket-line dredging. In this mining method, an endless chain of buckets transports the soil that contains the tin from the excavation site to the area where it is washed and roughly concentrated.
No one knows who discovered tin because it was known to the ancients. The Romans referred to tin as stannum, and this is reflected in its symbol, Sn. It's also one of the few elements that has an alchemical symbol.
Tin is technically considered a magnetic metal. However, the magnetic properties of tin are so weak that it could generally be considered to be non-magnetic.