Nickel is a very abundant element. In the environment, it is found primarily combined with oxygen (oxides) or sulfur (sulfides). It is found in all soils and is emitted from volcanoes.
Pure nickel is a hard, silvery-white metal that is combined with other metals to form mixtures called alloys. Some of the metals that nickel can be alloyed with are iron, copper
, and zinc
. These alloys are used in the making of metal coins and jewelry and in industry for making metal items.
Nickel compounds are also used for nickel plating, to color ceramics, to make some batteries, and as substances known as catalysts that increase the rate of chemical reactions. Nickel and its compounds have no characteristic odor or taste.
Nickel is a hard, silvery-white metal used to make stainless steel and other metal alloys. Skin
effects are the most common effects in people who are sensitive to nickel. Workers
who breathed very large amounts of nickel compounds have developed lung
and nasal sinus cancers
. Nickel has been found in at least 709 of the 1,430 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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