Mining for society:
|Uses in Everyday Lives and Businesses
|Copper is used for electrical conductors, motors, appliances, piping and in metal alloys.
|Gold has many high tech applications including computers and many scientific instruments for example, used in electrical conductors, the face shields of fire fighters to reflect the heat of a fire, building windows for reflecting the heat from the sun, medical and dental equipment, and jewelry.
|ZnO is used to prevent Sunburn; zinc is used for protective coatings for steel, casting alloys and extensively in medicines.
|Nickel is primarily used to manufacture stainless steel.
|Silver is used in electrical conductors, photography, chemical manufacturing, dental and medical uses.
|Aluminum is used in electrical conductors, ships, airplanes, doors, windows, roofing, insulation, packaging, food processing, domestic utensils.
|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 is used to make fiberglass, high temperature glass, cleaning agents, ceramics, wood preservitives, corrosion inhibitors and fertilizers.
|Titanium is used in paint manufacture as pigments, and in plastic manufacture, as well as many high strength, low weight metal alloys.
|Talc is used in paper manufacture, in paint manufacture and in plastics and the cosmetic industry.
|Used to make cement and concrete, which is used to build roads, buildings, housing foundations and even driveways.
|Used in steel making and to provide the LOWEST cost electricity in the world (except for hydro generated). Coalcosts 1/2 of oil fired power plants (pound of fuel per million BTU produced) 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.
|Phosphate is used to produce phosphoric acid for fertilizers, feed additives for livestock, chemicals, and used in consumer home products
|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.