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By Shane Lasley
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Critical twin metals take differing paths

Niobium prefers blue-collar work; tantalum is more high-tech Critical Minerals Alliances - September 9, 2021

 

Last updated 9/8/2021 at 1pm

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Countless lives have been saved by diagnoses made with the assistance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, which use niobium superconducting magnets to provide detailed images of the inside of a human body.

Though it is tough to distinguish the nearly identical properties of niobium and tantalum in nature, at the workplace, one of these critical twin metals typically dons a hardhat and boots to work in the construction and energy industries while you are more apt to find the other working in the high-tech sector. Their differences, however, are subtle, and their careers sometimes overlap.

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