Mobile phones and other high-technology communications devices could not exist without mineral commodities. More than one-half of all components in a mobile device—including its electronics, display, battery, speakers, and more—are made from mined and semiprocessed materials (mineral commodities). Some mineral commodities can be recovered as byproducts during the production and processing of other commodities. As an example, bauxite is mined for its aluminum content, but gallium is recovered during the aluminum production process. The images show the ore minerals (sources) of some mineral commodities that are used to make components of a mobile device. On the reverse side, the map and table depict the major source countries producing these mineral commodities along with how these commodities are used in mobile devices. For more information on minerals, visit http://minerals.usgs.gov.
Jenness, J.E., Ober, J.A., Wilkins, A.M., and Gambogi, Joseph, 2016, A world of minerals in your mobile device: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 167, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/gip167.
ISSN: 2332-354X (online)
ISSN: 2332-3531 (print)
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||A world of minerals in your mobile device|
|Series title||General Information Product|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|