Many already know that nickel is basically a silvery-white lustrous metal with a slight golden tinge, but have you ever wondered what really happens when you put a red hot nickel ball on a block of ice? If so, this video should be quite fascinating to say the least. Continue reading to see more.
Because of nickel's slow rate of oxidation at room temperature, it is considered corrosion-resistant. Historically this has led to its use for plating metals such as iron and brass, to its use for chemical apparatus, and its use in certain alloys that retain a high silvery polish, such as German silver. About 6% of world nickel production is still used for corrosion-resistant pure-nickel plating. Nickel was once a common component of coins, but has largely been replaced by cheaper iron for this purpose, especially since the metal is a skin allergen for some people.