Copper wires play a vital role in the process of material extraction. The copper wires aid in the general processes of extracting other materials from their sources as well as the generation of new products and energy. However, the use of copper wires especially in the electric transformers, the efficiency motors, the refrigerating machines as well as the air conditioning has a lot of effects to the environment. There is the production of greenhouse gasses, due to the use of copper wires and fossil fuels (Dresher, 2001). Due to its ductility and malleability, it is used as a dam and reservoirs tightening instrument (Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 2001).
Copper is helpful in the process of material extraction because it is used an electrode, which helps in the process of reduction of the metal ore, or the impure materials. The process of extracting other materials using copper or even using the general copper extraction process might have effects on the environment (Koledintseva, et al., 2005). The SX/EW Process can be replaced by another method known as the bacterial method which helps in the process of producing pure copper metal. It ensures that there is the need to bleach the copper sulfide minerals. In extreme cases of bacterial existence, the bacteria acts as iron sulfides, initially done by the ferric sulfate, whose main purpose was the bleaching and the oxidizing purposes for the copper sulfides. In conclusion, copper wires can be said to play a major role in the process of other material extraction. It is a major player not only in the manufacturing but also in the extraction and mining.
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