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Aluminum:Production and Environmental and Health Concerns

Aluminum is one of the most widely used metals. Aluminum is made by electrolysing aluminum oxide in a solvent called cryolite. Research the electolysis of aluminum and answer the followig questions:
a) Identify the products of the anode and cathode half-reactions that occur during the electolysis of aluminum oxide.
b) Why is it important to recycle as much aluminum as possible?
c) Identify one environmental concern and one health concern associated with the production of aluminum.

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This posting discusses how aluminum is produced. Environmetal and health concerns are discussed. Citations are included.