• Short Summary

    The mountains of Kirghisia, Central Asia, are rich in antimony ore.

    Life today would be much?

  • Description

    The mountains of Kirghisia, Central Asia, are rich in antimony ore.

    Life today would be much more difficult without antimony. It is used extensively in manufacturing, from safety matches to transistor radios.

    The process is long before antimony ore can be formed into metal blocks. It is powdered, processed with alkali, and purified in electrolytic baths.

    Antimony is mixed with heavy and precious metals in enormous furnaces.

    The final process is smelting. Several score small furnaces like this are operated by a single worker. The entire process is automated. Four hours is enough to produce 99.999% pure antimony. Such quality has earned the Kirghisian product worldwide fame.

    The Central Asian republic exports antimony to 42 countries, including Japan, Britain, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Algeria, and Yugoslavia.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2JXXA1TSK8968QS3AF5YZMQ7Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA2JXXA1TSK8968QS3AF5YZMQ7Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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