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From Projectile Points to Microprocessors - The Influence of Some Industrial Minerals

Circular 1314

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Abstract

In the language of economic geology, Earth materials are classified as metallic ores, fuel minerals, gemstones, and industrial minerals. Most people know that metallic ores yield shiny, conductive, ductile elements such as copper, iron, or gold. Most understand that energy-producing coals constitute a fuel mineral. Likewise, dazzling rubies and rare sapphires are universally recognized as gemstones. The fourth group, industrial minerals, is largely unknown to the general public, even though industrial minerals are as essential to daily life as metals and fuel minerals. This report examines the occurrence and practical uses of nine important industrial minerals - constituting just a few of the more than 50 industrial minerals that shape human culture.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
From Projectile Points to Microprocessors - The Influence of Some Industrial Minerals
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1314
Edition:
Version 1.0
Year Published:
2007
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
iv, 26 p.
Online Only (Y/N):
Y