Hafnium tungsten dating
About 30% of silver produced is used in the photographic industry, mostly as silver nitrate.
Silver is used in solders, electrical contacts, and silver-cadmium and silver-zinc batteries.
The standard form of the periodic table shown here includes periods (shown horizontally) and groups (shown vertically).
The properties of elements in groups are similar in some respects to each other.
The silver objects found in Greece, Turkey and Kish were made of silver that was refined from lead-containing ores such as galena.
Nuggets of native silver metal can be found in minerals and sometimes in rivers; but they are rare.
Despite native silver’s rarity, very large pieces of it have been found, such as those found in the early 1900s in Northern Ontario, Canada described as “pieces of native silver as big as stove lids and cannon balls.” Silver has a special place in the history of the elements because it is one of the first five metals discovered and used by humans. Silver objects dating from before 4000 BC have been found in Greece and from slightly later in Anatolia (in modern Turkey).
Beads made from native copper dating from the eighth millennium BC have been found in Turkey.
Crucibles and slags found in Europe suggest that smelting of copper (producing the metal from its ores) took place in the fifth millennium BC.