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USGS Mineral Resources Program: A National Perspective

Fact Sheet 008-98

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Abstract

Minerals are chemical compounds abundant in the rocks, soil, and water around us and they have a profound impact on the lives of all beings. Naturally occurring minerals define the landscape in which we live. They affect our ecosystems, influence the availability of nutrients that support biota, impact the distribution of vegetation, and may also contribute to contamination of the environment. Minerals are used in fertilizers for farming, in concrete and building materials for construction, in aggregate for roads, in steel for cars and all manner of transportation, and in materials crucial to the communications industry.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
USGS Mineral Resources Program: A National Perspective
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
008-98
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
1 folded sheet