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Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust and the third most abundant of all elements, coming after oxygen and silicon. It is, however, a relatively new metal, isolated only in the first quarter of the nineteenth century by a Danish chemist. Since then, aluminium has come a very long way, and is currently the second most widespread metal after iron, having penetrated several industrial sectors, and having displaced traditional metals, such as copper, tin, and iron itself.
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