Economic uses of minerals

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Definition of a Mineral

Any naturally occurring inorganic solid that possesses an orderly crystalline structure and a well defined chemical composition.

Copper

Good electrical conductor - used in making electronics

Diamonds

Jewelry

Flourite

Used in steelmaking

Gelena

Mined for lead/Magnetite - Mined for Iron/Sphalerite -Mined for Zinc

Graphite

Used for pencils and dry lubricant for machinery

Gypsum

Used in plaster, drywall, and other building materials

Halite

Rock salt and table salt

Aluminum

aluminum foil, cosmetics, beverage cans, antacids

iron

steel wrought iron, hair dye, cosmetics

mica

sheet rock, paints, hair dye

nickel

nickels, stainless steel

zinc

sun block, fertilizer, dandruff shampoo, pennies

potassium

fertilizer, toothpaste

gold

dentistry, jewelry, computer, electronics

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