In 2014 a researcher noticed some unusual spots on the rock of a volcanic outcrop in Western Australia Under a microscope the spots were identified as a brand new mineral eventually named putnisite Headlines celebrated the discoveryrsquos unique chemical properties and translucent purple crystalized structure Every detail of its composition was catalogued among a long list of the worldrsquos known minerals.
Minerals have been integral to human advancement since the Bronze Age Putnisite may have no practical use yet but you never know which mineral will be key to societyrsquos next burst of innovation or to its survival.
Modern societyrsquos reliance centers around a core group of common ones and is joined by a growing list of more obscure minerals associated with the tech industry ldquoThe demand is higher than it ever has been for almost everything rdquo says Nevada State Geologist Emeritus Jonathan Price Population growth could attribute for some of that growth The United States Geological Survey estimates that the average person will need a lifetime supply of 1 500 pounds of copper 3 593 pounds of aluminum and 32 700 pounds of iron.
Yet most people remain unaware of just how ubiquitous the use of mineral resources is in their own lives down to the simplest pleasures Even a fireworks display canrsquot be pulled off without minerals to provide the greens barium reds strontium nbsp and satisfying ldquoboomrdquo aluminum powder Price who has experience tracking global production of mineral resources says ldquoProbably the most common misconception about minerals is that we can do without them rdquo.
Trona is a raw material that is refined into soda ash which is used to make glass paper products laundry detergents and many other products.
Trona being mined underground using a 12HM26 continuous miner The ore is then carried to the surface and processed.
To understand the changing world of minerals look to the ones that power the devices around you Every component involved in the production transmission and use of electricity originates from minerals ldquoThe same goes for todayrsquos technology from all of the things that it takes to make a solar panel to the things used to make a battery rdquo says Raines.
Due to their versatility many minerals have multiple uses Even metals commonly associated with jewelry gold platinum and silver are also used as conductors Monecke notes that roughly 40 of the worldrsquos gold ends up in electronics and electrical applications.
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