What is tungsten?

  • (noun): A heavy gray-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite.
    Synonyms: wolfram, W, atomic number 74


Tungsten, also known as wolfram, is a chemical element with the chemical symbol W and atomic number 74. The word tungsten comes from the Swedish language tung sten directly translatable to heavy stone, though the name is volfram in Swedish to distinguish it from Scheelite, in Swedish alternatively named tungsten.

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Mining In Bolivia - Other Minerals - Tungsten
... Bolivia was also the leading producer of tungsten among market economies ... But the dramatic decline in tungsten prices in the 1980s severely hurt production, despite the fact that reserves stood at 60,000 tons ... and small producers accounted for over 80 percent of the country's tungsten production in the late 1980s ...
Hemerdon Mine - History - 1960-2006
... in the mid-1960s work on the prospect was recommenced by British Tungsten Ltd, owned by Canadian entrepreneur W.A.Richardson ... In 1969 a planning application for opencast working of tin, tungsten and china clay was submitted, but it was withdrawn before a decision could be made ... Further work commencing in 1970 by British Tungsten Ltd increased the resource to 5.6 million tonnes of ore ...
Six Pence For The Sauces
... Six Pence for the Sauces was the second and last record released by Drake Tungsten. 1996 marked the end of Drake Tungsten, as well as the birth of Spoon - the musical group that Britt Daniel has performed with post-Tungsten ...
Tungsten, Northwest Territories - Climate
... Climate data for Tungsten Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °C (°F) 3.5 (38.3) 7.8 (46.0) 8.0 (46.4) 14.4 (57.9) 24.0 (75.2) 28.3 (82.9) 26.7 (80.1 ...
Molybdenum Hexafluoride - Applications
... in the nuclear industry, since molybdenum is a fission product of uranium) or tungsten hexafluoride (in the semiconductor industry WF6 is used for chemical vapour ...