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Copper (element)

atomic number of copper, transition elements, prehistoric people, European explorers, periodic table

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Copper (element), symbol Cu, brownish-red metallic element that is one of the most widely used of metals. Copper is one of the transition elements of the periodic table. The atomic number of copper is 29.

Copper was known to prehistoric people and was probably the first metal from which useful articles were made. Copper objects have been found among the remains of many ancient civilizations, including those of Egypt, Asia Minor, China, southeastern Europe, Cyprus (from which the word copper is derived), and Crete (Kriti). It was known to Native Americans, and American ores were found by the European explorers. It is also found in the pure state.



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