How we make stuff

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What links gorillas and mobile phones

The answer is tantalum: a precious metal used to make mobile phones, which is mined in the forests of central Africa, where gorillas live. Mobile phones are also made from copper, tin, gold and lots of other materials that we extract from the earth

Based on the original book ‘How We Make Stuff’ by Christiane Dorion, Templar Publishing, 2012.
Website text by Christiane Dorion - Design by Harriet Pellereau.

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