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Tin is a silvery-gray metallic element. The symbol is Sn, from the Latin stannum, and its atomic number is 50. Almost every continent has a source in the earth for tin. It is usually found in the form of cassiterite which is an oxide mineral.

Anthropologists have determined that humans have been working with tin for at least 5,000 years. Studies show that it is one of the earliest metals used by man. There are examples of ancient items where it was alloyed with copper to make bronze, one of the first alloys produced. Tin was used because it hardens copper without making it brittle.

Tin is also widely used in the production of Fashion (costume) Jewelry and ornamentation. The metal has been used for many other purposes, such as coatings. Its high corrosion resistance make it an excellent choice for many applications. The major user of Tin worldwide has been in the canning industry. Tin cans, used for packaging food and drink, when made of steel sheet, are plated with a thin layer of tin. This material is known as tinplate which is rolled from a large slab of steel clad tin.

Although the entire world production of tin is small in tonnage, the uses of this metal are of maximum importance and are more widely spread industrially than those of almost any other metal.

Tin is an important constituent of most solders and other alloys such as Babbitt metal and bronze. In addition to a wide range of manufacturing uses, the metal is also nutritionally necessary, albeit in trace amounts.

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