Nickel and Dimed

William Divine is almost universally respected in the industry of mineral prospecting because he has accomplished so much. He is considered a specialist now in the reviewing and identification of mineral deposits. Divine has been able to work all over the world—in Africa, North America, and Asia, as well as all over Australia, where he got his start. Divine is a big believer in technology and its ability to help the industry. He personally maintains a database which maps mineral deposits all over the world.

Ni and the Atomic 28 are symbols for the mineral and element Nickel, which is a silver-white metal that is both lustrous and ancient. It was determined to be an element by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt in 1751. A little known fact about Nickel—it is one of only four elements that is magnetic at room temperature.

The history of Nickel, mostly unintentional, dates back to 3500 B.C. I say mostly unintentional because most of the ancient cultures thought Nickel was just some variation of silver or copper. Today, the word Nickel is perhaps best known as the name of the coin in the United States that represents five cents. It carries the name “nickel”, despite that fact that it is only one fourth nickel, the rest being composed of copper.

Russia and Canada are probably the two most important countries to the international Nickel market. However, other major deposits can be found in New Caledonia, France, Cuba, Australia, and Indonesia.

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