Metals in Your Everyday Life  

How many times throughout each day do you use something that comes from a mine?

From the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep, almost every single item you use contains minerals and metals that came from a mine somewhere around the world! Mining impacts your life in ways you can't even imagine. Minerals and metals are in cell phones and transportation, paints and jewelry, buildings and even dog and cat food. In fact, everything that is not grown comes from a mine! See how many items you come in contact with every day that come from a mine.


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Copper (Cu) is one of the oldest metals ever used and has been one of the important materials in the development of civilization. Because of its properties, singularly or in combination, of high ductility, malleability, and thermal and electrical conductivity, and its resistance to corrosion, copper has become a major industrial metal, ranking third after iron and aluminum in terms of quantities consumed. Electrical uses of copper account for about three quarters of total copper use.

Gold (Au) has been treasured since ancient times for its beauty and permanence. Most of the gold that is fabricated today goes into the manufacture of jewelry. However, because of its superior electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion and other desirable combinations of physical and chemical properties, gold also emerged in the late 20th century as an essential industrial metal. Gold performs critical functions in computers, communications equipment, spacecraft, jet aircraft engines, and a host of other products.

Molybdenum (Mo) is a refractory metallic element used principally as an alloying agent in steel, cast iron, and super alloys to enhance hardenability, strength, toughness, and wear and corrosion resistance.


Doorknobs are made with copper, which has an added health benefit because copper slows down the growth of germs. This makes it perfect for surfaces frequently touched by humans.

Which items do you interact with in your everyday life?


Today you encountered XX items containing metals that came from a Copper, Gold or Molybdenum mine!

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