What are five products derived from mineral resources?
iPods require five rare earth minerals: dysprosium, neodymium, praseodymium, samarium and terbium. Deodorant contains aluminum and the container is made of petroleum products. A clock includes iron, nickel, petroleum products and silica. Lipstick and makeup include clay, mica, talc, limestone and petroleum products.
Mineral resources can be divided into two major categories - Metallic and Nonmetallic. Metallic resources are things like Gold, Silver, Tin, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Iron, Nickel, Chromium, and Aluminum. Nonmetallic resources are things like sand, gravel, gypsum, halite, Uranium, dimension stone.
- Types of minerals
- Native elements. eg. Gold, Silver, Mercury, graphite, diamond.
- Oxides. eg corundum (incl. sapphire), hematite, spinel.
- Hydroxides. eg. Goethite, brucite.
- Sulfides. eg. Pyrite, galena, sphalerite.
- Sulfates. eg. Baryte, gypsum.
- Carbonates. eg. Calcite, magnesite, dolomite.
- Phosphates. eg. Apatite, monazite.
- Halides. eg.
- They don't regrow and they are not replaced or renewed. They include the fossil fuels we burn for energy (natural gas, coal, and oil). Minerals, used for making metals, are also nonrenewable natural resources. Nonrenewable natural resources are things that take longer than a person's lifespan to be replaced.
- A mineral is a naturally occurring inorganic solid, with a definite chemical composition, and an ordered atomic arrangement. This may seem a bit of a mouthful, but if you break it down it becomes simpler. Minerals are naturally occurring. They are not made by humans. Minerals are inorganic.
A mineral is a pure inorganic substance that occurs naturally in the earth's crust. Minerals are valuable natural resources being finite and non-renewable. They constitute the vital raw materials for many basic industries and are a major resource for development.
- Economists have long recognized three distinct types of economic resources that people use to create the things they want. Natural Resources, Human Resources, and Capital Resources are the three types of economic resources, and they are also referred to as "factors of production".
- A resource is a source or supply from which a in benefit is produced. Typically resources are materials, energy, services, staff, knowledge, or other assets that are transformed to produce benefit and in the process may be consumed or made unavailable.
- Examples of resources supplied by nature:
- Fossil fuels (petroleum, natural gas, coal)
- Minerals (diamonds, gold, copper, silver)
- Natural vegetation, forests, timber.
- Animals (salmon, whales, deer, etc.)
- Air, wind.
- Water, water power, wetlands, watercourses, lakes.
- Soil, topsoil.
Because of its association with rocks, petroleum is included among "mineral resources" and is frequently called mineral fuel, along with peat and coal; this term raises no fine points of definition. In addition, thousands of chemical compounds, known as petrochemicals, are made from petroleum.
- Definable chemical composition: SiO2 *Actually, most industrially-produced glass is not pure silica, but having impurities is still a definable chemical composition so this part of the definition is ok. Orderly arrangement of atoms in a lattice: NO. This is why glass is not truly a mineral.
- Native gold is an element and a mineral. It is highly prized by people because of its attractive color, resistance to tarnish, and its many special properties - some of which are unique to gold. Its rarity, usefulness, and desirability make it command a high price.
- Water does not pass the test of being a solid so it is not considered a mineral although ice; which is solid, is classified as a mineral as long as it is naturally occurring. Thus ice in a snow bank is a mineral, but ice in an ice cube from a refrigerator is not.
Updated: 4th December 2019