Bauxite is named after the French village of Les Baux-de-Provence, where it was first recognized as an aluminium ore. Bauxite is the world's main source of aluminium.
One of the most popular uses of aluminium is in packaging. If you look around your kitchen you will find lots of aluminium products such as foil/food wrap, food trays, bottle tops and drinks cans.
You may also find it used in your utensils and electrical goods such as kettles, saucepans, toasters and refrigerators. Your dining room or garden furniture may also be made from aluminium.
Aluminium is preferred for these products because it is light, strong, durable, easy to clean and it won't rust.
Look in your shed or garage and some of your sports equipment such as bike frames, bike wheels or golf club heads may be made of aluminium... and a few makes of expensive cars use aluminium in their body construction.
The colour of bauxite can vary from off-white to greyish, yellow or reddish-brown.
Bauxite is a mixture of several minerals so is usually classified as a rock.
Bauxite is typically soft enough to be scratched with your fingernail.
Yes, compared with the production of primary aluminium, recycling of aluminium products needs as little as 5 per cent of the energy and emits only 5 per cent of the greenhouse gas.
About ten billion aluminium drink cans are produced in the UK each year, which is an awful lot of soft drinks, beer and cider.
There are a few ways to determine whether a piece of metal is aluminium or steel:
Why not do a simple test such as the BBC Bitesize steel rusting experiment?