A natural metal is any metal that is found in its metallic form, either pure or as an alloy, in nature. Metals that can be found as native deposits singly or in alloys include aluminum, antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, indium, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, rhenium, selenium, tantalum, tellurium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, and zinc, as well as two groups of metals: the gold group, and the platinum group.
The gold group consists of gold, copper, lead, aluminum, mercury, and silver.
The platinum group consists of platinum, iridium, osmium, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium. Amongst the alloys found in native state have been brass, bronze, pewter, German silver, osmiridium, electrum, white gold, and silver-mercury and gold-mercury amalgam.
Natural metals which develop a protective self-healing patina have been used for centuries to clad the exterior elements of buildings throughout the world. Copper is thought to have been discovered around 9000 BC in the Middle East.
Today’s architects looking to design sustainable buildings with long life cycles are again turning to these magnificent metals that have stood the test of time.
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