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Amazing facts you didn’t know about mining

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Mining is an incredibly important industry for Australia. The resources impact our lives on a daily basis, from your mobile phone to the petrol in your car. Everything relies on mining resources. There are mines all across the world, with each country offering their own valuable resources. However, we have put together some truly amazing facts you didn’t know about mining!


  1. The first metals that humankind discovered were copper and gold. That was somewhere around 5,000 BC.


  1. Archaeologists have discovered drain pipes made of copper that date back as far as 3,500 BC. They were unearthed in good condition!


  1. Are you familiar with the phrase luck of the Irish? You might be surprised to discover that it’s a mining expression. I was borne from the silver and gold rush in the 19th century.


  1. Once gold is minds it is used in a wide range of products. Around 1% is used by the dental industry, with over 60% used to create jewellery, over 20% in coins, and the remainder used for industrial purposes.


  1. Zinc is totally recyclable and over 80% of it available for such is recycled. It also happens to the be fourth biggest metal for world consumption, with copper, iron, and aluminium taking the first three places.


  1. Canada produces over 60 different metals and minerals, making it one of the world’s largest mining nations.


  1. The United States is the largest producer of lithium, silica, and phosphate.


  1. Take a look at your mobile phone, it (like the rest of the average electronic devices in the modern world) has over 35 different minerals in it.


  1. Experts believe that the majority of the world’s gold is as yet un-mined… as in, 80% of it.


  1. Cop… copper… yes, the term cop stemmed from the fact that police badges were made using copper.

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