If we did not have access to metal our modern world would fall apart. Look around you. Everything that you can see and touch involves the use of metal. The electricity in the computer or phone you are reading this on uses metal to conduct the power. Your home or office has metal to strengthen its structure. The Car you drive, the Plane you go on holiday all rely on metals.
Metal is malleable. It gives the electrons in it’s atoms over easily and, as a result, it allows us to shape it into anything we need. It is also incredibly strong and long lasting, as long as it is adequately protected from the scourge of rust and the elements. It can even be stuck together using a Metal bonding adhesive.
The first metal that was widely used was that of Bronze. We can still see examples of Bronze age relics that have survived for thousands of years. This was replaced with Iron, a much easier metal to work but also stronger than Bronze. Tin is also mined from Roman times. Aluminium is the most numerous metal on earth and, best of all, it is recyclable.