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Names of Tungsten In other Languages

The Latin name is Wolframium.
The Czech, German, and Norwegian name is Wolfram.
The Croatian, and Swedish name is Volfram.
The Italian name is Wolframio.
The French name is Tungstnene.
The Portuguese name is Tungstenio.



Atomic Number4
Atomic SymbolW
Atomic Weight183.85
Boiling Point5,555
Melting Point3,422
Specific Gravity (Density)19.3
Date Discovered1781
Discovered By Carl Wilhelm Scheele


  • Tungsten has the highest melting point and lowest vapor pressure of all metals.
  • It also has excellent corrosion resistance and is not attacked easily by most mineral acids, so it is used a lot for glass-to-metal seals.
  • Tungsten has many other uses. It is used for filaments for electric lamps, television tubes, fly fishing, and x-ray targets. It is also used for metal evaporation.
  • Tungsten carbide is very important to the metal-working, mining, and petroleum industries
Mining for Tungsten

Tungsten Mining, Portugal

The worlds tungsten resources are scattered, many different countries control various amounts of it be- cause of how much is in their land. Western Europe controls 30% of the worlds total tungsten resources. North America and China both control 25%. Japan controls about 13% and the remaining resources are in smaller countries with only small mines.

Discovered By Carl Wilhelm Scheele The North American Tungsten Corporation Ltd. is a Canadian company that controls about 15% of the tungsten resources in the western world.