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Mining and MineralsThe Flip SideIf we look around us there is not one thing in our lives that hasn’t been derivedfrom natures gifts to us. Given the standards of living in the first world countrythat we live in, a vast majority of what we use today is a product or by productof the mining industry. On an average a human being uses 2.96 million poundsof minerals and metals in his/her lifetime. As technology progresses we findways to more efficiently manipulate natural resources. Minerals like antimony,halite, bauxite, chromite, barium, gypsum…. the list never ends make theirway into our lives in the form of everyday objects. The electricity that our livesare absolutely dependent upon comes from coal and crude oil. The computerand mobile technologies today would not exist without silica and itsderivatives. What we as consumers fail to see is where these minerals comefrom. These minerals have developed over years of geological changes andprocesses. They are extracted from the earth from orebodies, lodes, veins,seam, reefs or placer deposits (Mining Wikipedia.org). They are mined inregions we would call secluded, away from settlement. After industrialization,the industry has been ever growing. The spotlight in very recent years hasfallen on the ill effects mining has had on mankind and earth.Mining activities affects the health on onsite workers and local populationsurrounding the site. Mining seriously damages the surrounding resources likeair, 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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