Minerals in the Human Context
In this assignment, you will use information found on the internet to investigate the many ways in which we use
mineral resources. All of the links for this assignment can be found within the assignment. This week, please
focus on your critical thinking, writing skills, and grammar. Pay attention to where I ask you to use complete
sentences, or to compare and contrast ideas. Parts of this assignment have been adapted from the work of Ellen
Metzger and Katie Bryant.
Part I. Minerals in Everyday Life
A. Although you may not realize it, many minerals are used in everyday life.
Go to http://www.rocksandminerals.com/uses.htm to fill out the table below. Many minerals have a multiple
uses and you don’t need to list them all. For each mineral, list a few primary uses.
Halite is utilized in human and animal diet, food
seasoning and food preservation.
It is also utilized to make sodium hydroxide, soda
ash, mineral water, soap and ceramic glaze.
This is utilized in the manufacturing of glass,
paints and wave stabilizers.
One of the primary uses is in the manufacturing of
industrial or building plaster, wallboard and for
This is the most common constituent of limestone
in particular which is utilized as a construction
material, agricultural soil treatment, pigment and
This is the most common source of lead which is
utilized in manufacturing batteries, construction,