EAPS 100 WA1 Effects of Mining - Mining and Minerals The Flip Side If we look around us there is not one thing in our lives that hasnt been derived

EAPS 100 WA1 Effects of Mining - Mining and Minerals...

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Mining and Minerals The Flip Side If we look around us there is not one thing in our lives that hasn’t been derived from natures gifts to us. Given the standards of living in the first world country that we live in, a vast majority of what we use today is a product or by product of the mining industry. On an average a human being uses 2.96 million pounds of minerals and metals in his/her lifetime. As technology progresses we find ways to more efficiently manipulate natural resources. Minerals like antimony, halite, bauxite, chromite, barium, gypsum…. the list never ends make their way into our lives in the form of everyday objects. The electricity that our lives are absolutely dependent upon comes from coal and crude oil. The computer and mobile technologies today would not exist without silica and its derivatives. What we as consumers fail to see is where these minerals come from. These minerals have developed over years of geological changes and processes. They are extracted from the earth from orebodies, lodes, veins, seam, reefs or placer deposits (Mining Wikipedia.org). They are mined in regions we would call secluded, away from settlement. After industrialization, the industry has been ever growing. The spotlight in very recent years has fallen on the ill effects mining has had on mankind and earth. Mining activities affects the health on onsite workers and local population surrounding the site. Mining seriously damages the surrounding resources like air, water, land. It causes water contamination due to spread of radiation, anthropogenic substances or just mere acidity so that no life is sustained in

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