Mineral Resources of Colorado's Front Range
Today's global society depends on minerals for fuel (oil, gas, coal) and nonfuel uses to build homes and cities, fertilize crops, and provide the wealth that allows us to buy goods and services. However, nonfuel minerals are rarely used directly by individual consumers. For example, when we buy light bulbs we are also buying the silica, soda ash, lime, coal, salt, tungsten, copper, nickel, molybdenum, iron, manganese, aluminum, and zinc, which are required to convert electricity into light.
The United States is the world’s largest consumer of mineral commodities.