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WHY DO WE MINE?
Why Mining Is Necessary


Click On The Above Image To See How Many Minerals It Takes To Manufacture a Typical Computer


MINING IS THE ONLY SOURCE FOR THE MINERALS AND METALS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN THE HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE WE NOW ENJOY IN THIS MODERN, HIGH-TECH WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE.


Updated August, 2020

The mining industry in the US directly employs over 400,000 people, with average annual salaries of $80,000(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor as of 2016)
In industries supporting the mining industry, another 400,000 people are employed in the US.
Every American uses over 38,500 pounds of mined products each year.
US mines produced over $82 Billion in minerals and material commodities each year. (2018)
The USA is the 4th largest producer of gold, and second largest producer of copper in the world. The largest is Chile. (2017) Over 20,000,000 tons of copper are used a year. Recycling accounts for about 9% of copper used each year. (As of 2019)
In Canada (our northern neighbor), in the western province of British Columbia alone, mining accounts for $3,000,000,000/year in revenues and over $89,000,000 per year in taxes.
In a study by the Mining Association of British Columbia, "Mining represents the highest value use to which a hectare of land can be utilized."
You would not be surfing the internet, since over 40 different minerals are required in the manufacturing of computers.
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What Some Metals and Minerals Are Used For In Modern Society.
COPPER  Copper is used for electrical conductors, motors, appliances, piping and in metal alloys. 
GOLD  Gold has many high tech applications including computers and many scientific instruments, is used in electrical conductors, is used in the face shields of fire fighters to reflect the heat of a fire. is used in building windows for reflecting the heat from the sun, medical and dental equipment, and jewelry. 
ZINC  ZnO is used to prevent Sunburn, zinc is used for protective coatings for steel, casting alloys and extensively in medicines. 
NICKEL  Nickel is primarily used to manufacture stainless steel. 
SILVER  Silver is used in electrical conductors, photography, chemical manufacturing, dental and medical uses. 
ALUMINUM  Aluminum is used in electrical conductors, ships, airplanes, doors, windows, roofing, insulation, packaging, food processing, domestic utensils. Go To Top of Page 
IRON  Iron is used in steel manufacturing, magnets, medicines, biomedical research, paints, printing inks, plastics, cosmetics, dyes. Iron is used in volume, about 20 times more than any other metal in our society. 
BORAX  Borax is used to make fiberglass, high temperature glass, cleaning agents, ceramics, wood preservitives, corrosion inhibitors and fertilizers. 
TITANIUM  Titanium is used in paint manufacture as pigments, and in plastic manufacture, as well as many high strength, low weight metal alloys. 
TALC  Talc is used in paper manufacture, in paint manufacture and in plastics and the cosmetic industry. 
CLAY  Used to make cement and concrete, which is used to build roads, buildings, housing foundations and even driveways. 
COAL  Used in steel making and to provide electricity. For decades it was the lowest cost electricity in the world (except for hydro generated). However, now natural gas, solar and wind are less expensive ways to generate electric power, according to a new study released by the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute using levelized costs. Slag (the residue left when coal is burned) from coal power plants is used for paving additives, for abrasives in sandblasting and to manufacture roofing materials. Go To Top of Page 
PHOSPHATE  Phosphate is used to produce phosphoric acid for fertilizers, feed additives for livestock, chemicals, and used in consumer home products  
POTASH  Carbonate of potassium, is used in fertilizers, medicines and the chemical industry. 
RARE EARTH ELEMENTS  Planthanum, Cerium, Praseodymium, Neodymium, Europium, etc., are used in petroleum refining, computers, televisions, magnetic industry, metallurgical applications, ceramics and lighting. 
LITHIUM   Lithium ore is currently primarily used to produce lithium carbonate which is utilized to manufacture auto batteries, with the major producer being Argentina, followed by Chile. Lithium is produced in the USA, also.  
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This list of minerals and mined materials is only a very small fraction of the materials that originate in a mine, which we use in our everyday lives and business.

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