Tantalum (Ta #73) is the next element on the periodic table for my APEX mineral collection.
Tantalum Minerals - There are many minerals with Tantalum.
Tantalum is one of the 5 Refractory metals.
- Melting point above 2000 °C
- High hardness at room temperature
- Chemically inert
- High density
- Powder metallurgy instead of machining to create manufactured parts
Tantalum was unknown until modern times.