Fun Facts about Mining

For something a bit lighter!  Here are a few fun facts about mining.

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Fun Facts about Mining

https://www.generalkinematics.com/blog/7-fun-facts-mining-industry/

7 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE MINING INDUSTRY

“Around the world, countries of all shapes and sizes depend on the vast wealth of resources waiting just underneath the surface of the planet. For centuries, mankind has used mining techniques as the basis for ushering entire civilizations into grand new eras.

Mining has become an integral part of the economy for almost every developing nation. The practice has created a rich history. Let look at a few fascinating facts about the mining industry.

1. The first metals to be unearthed were gold and copper.

Copper finds have dated back to 8,700 BC. Scientists have even located copper pipes that dated back more than five thousand years.

2. Individual Americans use an average of 40,000 pounds of minerals each year.

From the vitamins we use to ward off colds (zinc is great for that) to the minerals that we use to flavor our food (e.g. salt), Americans consume a myriad of minerals daily.

3. Petroleum is used in more than 6,000 daily items.

Far more than simply fueling our vehicles and heating our homes, petroleum is used in plastic, crayons, DVDs, and more.

4. The ‘Luck of the Irish’ is an old mining term.

During the gold and silver rushes in Western America, some of the most famous and successful miners were Irish immigrants or of Irish descent. This phenomenon gave rise to the phrase “The Luck of the Irish.”

5. The average modern electronic device has more than 35 minerals in it.

From the smartphone in your pocket to the computer you rely on for work, modern electronics use gold, copper, zinc (which is 100 percent recyclable, by the way), and several other minerals to function properly.

6. There’s more than one ‘Fool’s Gold’

You knew that pyrite was called “Fool’s Gold,” but so is chalcopyrite and biotite mica.

7. Gold is elusive.

It’s believed that upwards of 80% of the world’s gold has yet to be discovered and is still buried beneath the earth’s surface. And did you know that pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with nothing more than a simple hand tool?

The world of mining has been a benefit to mankind since its inception, and thanks to the innovations in vibratory equipment from General Kinematics it will continue to be a beneficial trade in the coming decades. Let GK put their revolutionary mining technology to work for you.”

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10 INTERESTING MINING FACTS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW
February 2, 2017/in Mining/Heavy Industrial by Dana Belstler

https://johnsonsearchgroup.com/2017/02/10-interesting-mining-facts-probably-didnt-know/

“It’s no secret that mining is important to our economy, but I don’t think most people realize how vital and integrated the mining industry is in our everyday lives! For instance, did you know…

1. Every American uses an average of 40,000 pounds of new minerals each year.

2. A newborn baby will need during its lifetime:

800 pounds of lead
750 pounds of zinc
1500 pounds of aluminum
32,700 pounds of iron
26,550 pounds of clay
28,213 pounds of salt
1,238,101 pounds of stone, sand, gravel, and cement

3. Because of wood shortages in the 1600’s, Brewers in England started drying their Malts with heat generated by coal. Unfortunately, coal flavored beer was not a hit. After more experimentation, the brewers found that the undesirable gases could be eliminated by heating the coal in an airtight oven. Thus, the discovery of the coke making process, so vital to iron and steel! The next time you have a cold one, give a toast to the Brewers of the 1600’s!

4. Copper and Gold were the first two metals discovered by man, with Copper dating back to 8,700 BC, per Wikipedia. Slag found on islands in the Aegean Sea suggests that man was separating silver from lead as early as 3000 B.C.!

5. In ancient times, an ounce of salt was traded for an ounce of gold! Fast forward to present day: Can you imagine $1,200/oz. for salt?

6. Out of all the elements, Silver is the best conductor and thus the reason it is used so heavily in technology.

7. Silver is also a superior anti-bacterial. Small concentrations kill bacteria by chemically breaking down their cell membranes. Bacteria does not develop a resistance to silver!

8. Zinc is the fourth most widely consumed metal after iron, aluminum, and copper and is also vital to the human body for proper function and health. Zinc is needed for the body’s enzymes and immune system. (Zinc tablets to ward off colds!)

9. Indium is a byproduct of zinc production and is also used in high technology applications from LCD screens to solar panels.

10. Wyoming is the nation’s top coal-producing state. Who knew?

Being on the Mining Team at Johnson Search Group, I have had the pleasure of speaking with the men and women in the industry and wish to extend a big “Thank you”, for all the hard work you do in keeping us in the lifestyles we are accustomed to!”

Sources

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/teachers/activities/soudan_mine/miningfacts.html
http://geology.com/usgs/uses-of-zinc/
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/10-elements-crucial-to-modern-life-that-youve-probably
http://igentry.blogspot.com/2008/07/interesting-facts-about-silver.html

 

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