The Minerals Education Coalition recently published infographics that depicted mineral usage statistics. The first graphic shows examples of the 3.19 million pounds of minerals, metals, and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime. The second infographic illustrates the quantity of minerals needed for each person in the United States this year. For example, based on 2018 production, 675 lbs. of cement will be needed to make the roads, sidewalks, bridges, schools and houses you will use this year.
If it wasn’t for miners, we would not have the gold, silver, copper, bauxite, iron ore, coal, cement, stone, sand, and gravel — among other things — that that can be found in construction, home goods, transportation, electronics, plumbing, and in many other items. So thank you to all the mining industry workers for providing us with the over 40,000 pounds of new minerals we need to make things we use daily — including the metal that makes up the cutlery we’ll be using on Thanksgiving day.