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From energy, construction, and agriculture, to communications, transportation, and national defense, at home, work, or play, we all use or require minerals and mineral materials every day.

Are you a Teacher? Check out these minerals-related education resources.


Selected commonly used mineral resources used to make products we use in our daily life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about minerals and some minerals information also.

Mineral Commodity Fact Sheets

Fact sheets on selected important commodities.


Minerals in our Environment Poster

Poster depicting mineral resources used in common house items.

PBS Learning Media - USGS | Minerals in Our Environment

Interactive media asset adapted from the USGS posters.

Minerals in our Environment (poster)

USGS Open-File Report 2000-144

Minerales en nuestro ambiente (póster)

USGS Open-File Report 2007-1185

Do We Take Minerals for Granted?

USGS Information Handout

The use of firm, trade, and brand names is for identification purposes only and does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. government.

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