and Other Industrial Minereals
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|| Marble for the Masters || Crushed Rock || Sand and Gravel || Vermiculite,
Perlite and Other Lightweight Aggregates
Plaster || Brick and Ceramic Products || Glass
Major Industrial Minerals
Refractories, Foundry Sand, and Fluxes || Fillers and Pigments || What
is this Page Made of?
and Other Abrasives
Diamonds || Barite || Zeolites || Bituminous Materials || Gemstones
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Chapter Ten of your textbook
the news on Mining <http://www.northernminer.com/>
on this link <http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/recycle/>
to learn about Recycling Statistics and Information
Commodity Statistics and Information of:
Construction Sand and Gravel- http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/sand_&_gravel_construction/
Crushed Stone- http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/stone_crushed/
Vermiculite - http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/vermiculite/
Cement - http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/cement/
Mica - http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/mica/
Asbestos - http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/asbestos/
Diamond - http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/diamond/
Zeolites - http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/zeolites/
Abrasives - http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/abrasives/
Colored gems - http://www.gemstone.org
Pearls - http://www.pearling.net/pearlingnet_home/
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Acquired (what you learned):
By the end
of this chapter you should be able to:
Discuss, with examples, how and why the exploitation and marketing of building
materials differs from such commodities as oil, coal, or base metals.
Identify the various categories of building stone.
List the rock types have been most commonly used in the construction industry.
Explain why crushed rock is the largest volume mineral commodity used in
the U.S. and many other countries.
Name the major sources of sand and gravel used in the construction industries
worldwide. How are they exploited, and what problems may this exploitation
Explain the meaning of lightweight and ultra-lightweight aggregate.
Discuss the sources and utilization of these commodities.
Describe the process involved in the manufacture of cement. How and by
whom was cement invented?
Explain why gypsum is an important industrial mineral. Where
is it obtained, how did it form, and for what is it used?
Give an account of the raw materials used in the glass industry and the
ways in which they are employed.
Describe what actually "asbestos" is. How do asbestos minerals form,
and where does mining of asbestos take place?
Discuss the health hazards associated with the asbestos industry. How should
this problem be tackled?
Explain what "mineral fillers"are. Give examples and describe their
Explain the origin of natural diamonds. Can diamonds be made and,
if so, how?
Give an account of the raw materials used as abrasives and where they are
Discuss why the demand for the industrial mineral barite closely linked
to the oil industry. Give an account of the nature, origin, and uses of
Zeolites are minerals that have become important commodities in the latter
half of the 20th Century. Explain why this is so, and give an account of
the nature, origin, and uses of the minerals of this group.
Oils and bitumens have many other uses than burning as fuels. Describe
some of them, and explain their importance in the modem world.
Explain how pearls and cultured pearls are formed.
Explain why certain minerals are highly prized as gems. List examples of
the ten most important gemstones.
Discuss the use of minerals in cosmetics, medicines, and food supplements.
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