Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a metal of steel. Well, stainless steel that is.

Known for mixing well with others, nickel is often combined with different metals to make incredibly strong alloys.  It’s this strength – along with a resistance to heat and corrosion – that make it the perfect ingredient for stainless steel.

And with 65 per cent of the world’s nickel used in stainless steel production, that’s a lot of shiny products.

For more fun facts on nickel check out this infographic – the latest in our rockin’ series on Australian minerals

Nickel infographic

Find out more about CSIRO’s minerals research.


  1. The recent set of infographics are excellent. Keep up the great work!

  2. Tut, tut!

    The Earth’s magnetic field is due to electric currents in its core, which is far too hot to be ferromagnetic. Being mainly metallic, the core is, however, a good conductor.

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