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Pieces of titanium ribbon. Titanium is a brittle, white transition metal, used in a large number of strong, light, corrosion-resistant alloys for aircraft, ships & chemical plant. It is obtained from the minerals rutile (titanium dioxide) and ilmenite (iron titanium oxide). The element was first discovered by Gregor in 1789. It was given the name titanium by Klaproth in 1795, and has the chemical symbol Ti.
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