What would our lives be like without mining? Imagine a world without transportation such as jet planes or railroads, without communications such as cell phones or radar, without decorative items such as art or jewelry, without buildings such as skyscrapers or parking garages, without defense systems items such as missiles or submarines, without medical care items such as X-rays or surgical tools. We wouldn’t have any of these things without mining and minerals.
“If it can’t be grown, it must be mined.” Natural resources are the foundation of our lives and lifestyles.
Every American uses 47,000 pounds of mined products every year. Everything we depend on is either made from minerals or relies on minerals for its production.