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MINING INDUSTRY

Mining is the exploration and removal of minerals or other substances of economic importance. It is an old industry that has evolved along with humans. Products from mining are so commonplace that we sometimes donít think about where our modern conveniences come from. The first weapons that were ever fashioned by "cavemen" were probably stones that they "mined" at a local river bed. Stones were used to create shelter and coal was mined to help them maintain their fire

Companies mine coal, oil, and gas which are fuels. Metals from rock that contain a high concentration of that metal (ore) or precious metals (i.e., gold), as well as nonmetallic products such as sodium, potassium, and crushed stone are mined. These products are used in homes offices, transportation, communication, and weapons. For example, it takes more than 30 different minerals from the mining industry to make a television.

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