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I have to do a project for my chemistry class about copper and I was wondering if the...

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truthiness | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:03 AM via web

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I have to do a project for my chemistry class about copper and I was wondering if the Statue of Liberty was made out of copper.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The exterior covering of the Statue of Liberty is made out of copper and it is 3/32 of an inch thick. This is approximately the same thickness as two pennies placed side by side. The Statue of Liberty is a pale green color and this is due to the weathering of the copper and is called patina. It is very heavy, weighing in at 225 tons and very tall, measuring more than 305 feet. In addition to the copper covering, the torch has sheets of 24 carat gold placed over it.

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