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Bluish-white, brittle heavy metal (Zn). The name is derived from Zinke (tooth, jag), as zinc solidifies in a jagged shape. It does not occur in the earth's crust in elemental form, but only in various ore compounds. The most important ores for zinc extraction are zinc sulphide ores. As a trace element, zinc is essential for almost all living organisms, as it is a key component of important enzymes.

Zink - Zinksulfid und kristallines Zink

The picture on the left shows a zinc sulphide (found in Colorado, USA), the picture on the right shows a crystalline fragment from an ingot (99.99%) and a sublimated piece (shortly before the transition from a solid to a gaseous state).

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