What would our lives be like without the minerals from mining? Imagine a world without transportation such as jet planes or railroads, without communications such as cell phones or radar, without decorative items such as art or jewelry, without buildings such as skyscrapers or parking garages, without defense systems items such as missiles or submarines, without medical care items such as X-rays or surgical tools. We wouldn’t have any of these things without mining and minerals. “If it can’t be grown, it must be mined.” Natural resources are the foundation of our lives and lifestyles.
2023 MEC Mineral BabyDid you know the average American will need 3.07 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels in their lifetime? The 2023 MEC Mineral Baby illustrates the important work of the mining industry to support our daily lives.
Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA)—Thank you!MEC thanks the Mining & Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA) for their generous annual contributions. MMSA's support is an important component in MEC's ability to serve its mission of providing mining and minerals education for grades K-12 and the general public.
Importance Of MiningEverything we depend on is either made from minerals or relies on minerals for its production. Find out why you absolutely, positively, must have someone somewhere, who develops the resources you use every day.
Minerals In Your LifeMinerals are used in products we use in our everyday lives. Here you can download these PDF fact sheets to discover what is in…
Mine SafetyFind resources and agencies focused on the number one priority in mining—safety.
Reclamation StoriesModern mines reclaim the surface during and after mining is completed, returning the land to useful purposes. Reclaimed mine lands are often more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining started.
Periodic Table of the ElementsThe interactive Periodic Table of the Elements lets you click on an element to learn its history, description, benefits, sources and biological rating.
SME Members – Get Involved!Education about minerals and mining is crucial to the future of the mining industry. Use these resources to explain the importance of mined minerals in everyday life to members of your local community.
Mineral Resources DatabaseLearn about many minerals, their properties, mining information, and uses. This database contains: minerals and ores of specific elements; individual, highlighted minerals; a limited number of rocks; and a few, key industrial materials for reference.
Careers in MiningThere are hundreds of careers related to mining, from accountant to mining engineer to welder. Careers in mining offer the opportunity for world travel, good income and the chance to make a difference.