The history of tungsten


With a tensile strength of 1,510 megapascals, we now know tungsten as the strongest naturally occurring metal on Earth… Like all elements with an atomic number higher than iron, tungsten cannot be created by nuclear fusion in stars like our sun. Instead, tungsten is thought to be formed from the explosions of massive stars. Each supernova explosion has so much energy, that these newly created elements are jettisoned at incredible speeds of 30,000 km/s, or 10% of the speed of light – and that’s how they get dispersed throughout the universe. See more at Visual Capitalist.


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