Nickel (17)


First “white copper” they thought us across the sea
good thing they didn’t bet their tea

In the land of Germania they called us “mischievous sprite”
blinded as they were by our golden tinge of light

but no “Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!”
we’ve not goose stepped one mile

We’re never no “one ring”
you use us to buy bling

Though you may search high and low
in Russia we caused 30 miles of treeless snow

We’ll fly you to your next meal
and help you eat it with stainless steel

We’re the green in your glass
electric guitar strings en masse

Don’t call us wooden or Joe – we’re fickle
for our five cents we prefer nickel

July 1, 2012
Tressa Lee Breen

Research Notes & Tools:

Silvery white lustrous slight golden tinge
Ferromagnetic around room temperature (iron, cobalt, gadolinium)
Classified 1751 by Azel Fredrik Cronstect
In Use 3500 BC
Corrosion resistant
"White Copper" copper/nickel in China
Named after mischievous sprite of German mythology, Nickel, for besetting copper, Kupfernickel or Kupfer - Nickel alloy- cupronickel
Due to cost US remains one fo few that use metal in coins, five cent, save for exterior plating
Stainless steel, magnets, coinage rechargeable batteries, electric guitar strings, microphone capsules, green tint in glass
Willamette meteorite - iron w/ nickel
Russian nickel works/prison in Siberia, Norilsk, no trees grow w/in 30 miles, 1 of 10 most polluted cities in the world
Nickel-iron super alloys used in jet engines

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