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  • Metallic element (Reference: DS9 Technical Manual)
    • Rare ore found in planetary bodies (TNG Novel: The Buried Age)
  • Especially dense and sturdy, often used in starship or station hulls, or any situations where a common but high-strength metal would be needed (Various)
  • Known by Earth as early as 2140s
    • Used in construction of NX-class starships (ENT: "The Xindi")
  • Often alloyed into "duranium composites" to increase strength (DS9: "Captive Pursuit", "The Siege", "Q-Less")
    • Such alloys in sufficient thickness often too dense for scanners to function through (DS9: "Captive Pursuit")