Did You Know?
The Spaniards had first found the metal 'platinum' in Colombia, but they considered it as an unworthy component derived while mining silver. They named the metal 'platina', meaning 'little silver' and discarded it as impure. It was considered a nuisance in silver mining since it looked just like silver! The first written account of platinum was from Julius C Scaliger in 1557.
The metal platinum has the symbol 'Pt' and atomic number 78. It is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust. It is also one of the densest, stable, and non-toxic metals. It is a good conductor of electricity. About 80% of the platinum, that is used worldwide, is found in South Afr