According to the US Geological Survey Mineral Commodity Summaries 2016, minerals remain fundamental to every American and to the economy in which we thrive.
The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has released the “Minerals Baby” for 2016. The Minerals Baby emphasizes the dependence that every American has on the mining industry.
The image shown here exemplifies the 3 + million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime. Calculations are based on a life expectancy of 78.8 years and mineral use data from the National Mining Association, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Energy Information Administration.
“The value of this visual is that it reminds all of us of the important role that the production of minerals and energy have in our lives, our lifestyles and our standard of living. Our cars, roads and homes all started with mined materials.” – SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy
Tags: Idaho Mining Association, Mining, Americans, Energy, Industry, Minerals