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25 Aug 2003 20:54 PDT
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Question ID: 248774
There is a mineral in Africa that is used in cell phones and animals are being killed in Africa to get to the mineral. What is the name of this mineral?
Re: African poachers
Answered By: knowledge_seeker-ga on 26 Aug 2003 07:47 PDT
Hi guru12345, The mineral you are looking for is: "coltan" -- the word is a contraction of "coloumbo-tantalite." Coltan is an ore that contains the element tantalum, and is used to coat components of electronic devices like cell phones and computers. This UN Report examines the effects of the wars and mining of coltan, diamonds, gold and cassiterite, on the wildlife populations of central Africa. "The number of okapis, gorillas and elephants has dwindled to small populations. In the Kahuzi-Biega Park, a zone controlled by the Rwandans and RCD-Goma and rich in coltan, only 2 out of 350 elephant families remained in 2000. There is serious concern among conservationists that the rest fled of their own accord or were killed, as two tons of elephant tusks were traced in the Bukavu area late in 2000. Already by April 2000, about three tons of tusks were temporarily seized by RCD-ML in Isiro." Report of the Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo http://www.un.org/News/dh/latest/drcongo.htm This article provides a shorter overview of the same report: Cell Phones, Elephants and War http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/9446.html Thanks for your question. I learned something new today! -K~ search terms: mining mineral cell phone africa
Re: African poachers
From: politicalguru-ga on 26 Aug 2003 07:36 PDT
By definition, mineral is not extacted from animals: " naturally occurring, homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color, and hardness. Any of various natural substances, as: An element, such as gold or silver. An organic derivative, such as coal or petroleum. A substance, such as stone, sand, salt, or coal, that is extracted or obtained from the ground or water and used in economic activities. A substance that is neither animal nor vegetable; inorganic matter. An inorganic element, such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, or zinc, that is essential to the nutrition of humans, animals, and plants. " http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=minerals&r=67 Sounds to me like an urban legend.
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