Metal Extraction From The Venus Planetary Surface

The geology of the Venus planetary surface and what it tells us about which metals can easily be extracted.

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Minerals

Getting and Making Iron

H₂ + CO₂ → H₂O + CO         (1)
Fe₂O₃ + 3CO → 2Fe + 3CO₂    (2)
Fe₂O₃ + 3H₂ → 2Fe + 3H₂O    (3)

Getting and Making Aluminum

Al₂O₃ + 3C → 2Al + 3CO

Silicon For Fuel, Glass and Electronics

Glassmaking

Extracting Silicon

SiO₂ + 2C ⟶ Si + 2CO

Silane Fuel

SiH₄ + 2CO₂ ⟶ SiO₂ + 2C + 2H₂O
CH₄ + 2O₂ ⟶ CO₂ + 2H₂O
CH₄ + 2O₂ = 16 + 2*32 = 80
2O₂ / (CH₄ + 2O₂) = 2*32/80 = 0.8
SiH₄ / (CH₄ + 2O₂) = 32/80 = 0.4

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