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Metal dust of this element is a fire and explosion hazard.
Lu) is used in nuclear technology to determine the age of meteorites.However, stable lutetium can be used as catalysts in petroleum cracking in refineries and can also be used in alkylation, hydrogenation, and polymerization applications. In chemistry it is placed in a group of metal elements named the transition metals.Some other applications include: Like other rare-earth metals, lutetium is regarded as having a low degree of toxicity, but its compounds should be handled with care nonetheless. Lutetium can also be grouped with the lanthanides because it is near the lanthanides in the Periodic Table. The main mining areas are China, United States, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Australia.The world production of lutetium (in the form of oxide) is about 10 tonnes per year.