After a slump in October 2016, mining is on a comeback! Just in June 2018 alone, the mining industry added 5,000 new jobs with no sign of slowing down. From the ocean floor to the recycling center, mining marches on!
Here are some quick mining facts that you may not know:
- The average coal miner is 45 years old and has 16 years of mining experience.
- Gold isn’t just found on dry land; there is enough gold on the seafloor to give every person alive nine pounds of it! Oh, yes, please!!
- The US debt clock currently shows the dollar to silver ratio at $641 per oz and the dollar to gold ratio at $5,034 per oz! Stackers, rejoice!
- The majority of lead produced today is recycled from batteries and over 80% of Zinc available for recycling is currently in use. Sustainability at its best!
- According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a television requires 35 different minerals, telephones use 40 minerals, and car manufacturing uses 15 minerals!
- Coal ash, a by-product of coal combustion, is used in tennis rackets, golf balls, and linoleum. If coal ash was no longer used in golf balls, how would that effect Tiger’s game?!
- Each person in the United States uses 3 tons of coal a year! Yep!
- Wyoming may be the top producer of coal in the U.S., but Montana has the most coal reserves. Take that, Wyoming.
- In 2015, active mining operations in the U.S. consisted of sand and gravel (47.3%), stone (32.4%), coal (11.0%), non-metal (7.0%), and metal (2.4%)
- The word “silver” translates to “money” in more than 14 languages, with the Rupee being one of them.
Mining produces so many vital metals and minerals that we cannot live without. Where would we be without mining? Not watching our TV’s, driving our cars, and texting on our phones. The next time you run into a miner, thank them. Their job is not easy, but they make our lives much more so.
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