The World's Chromite-Producing Regions
What is Chrome
Chromium is the most abundant of the Group 6 of metallic elements (Periodic Table of the Elements), comprising chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo), tungsten (W) and seaborgium (Sg). At a concentration of nearly 400 parts per million in the earth's crust as various minerals, it is the 13th most common element.
Chromium metal is extracted from chromite (chrome ore), deposits of which were created when magma (molten rock) broke through the earth's crust. The world's major chromite deposits are in the Eastern Hemisphere in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, India and Turkey. Significant deposits are in the Western hemisphere in Brazil and Cuba.