Minerals Baby needs 680kg more …

THE Minerals Education Coalition of the US Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration has published its annual ‘Minerals Baby’ for 2016, reflecting an increase of more than 15,000 pounds (680kg) per capita usage when compared with the previous year’s statistics.
Minerals Baby needs 680kg more … Minerals Baby needs 680kg more … Minerals Baby needs 680kg more … Minerals Baby needs 680kg more … Minerals Baby needs 680kg more …

Every year, the coalition calculates the amount of minerals and energy fuels that are consumed in the average lifetime of an American born in the current year.

"The graphic and the message it conveys are used by a variety of audiences, from educators at schools classrooms, to congressional committees when considering legislative changes to policies that affect our mineral needs," said spokesman David Kanagy.

"The value of this visual is that it reminds all of us of the important role that the production of minerals and energy have in our lives, our lifestyles and our standard of living. Our cars, roads and homes all started with mined materials."

The coalition said the Minerals Baby emphasised the dependence that every US citizen had on the mining industry.

According to the US Geological Survey Mineral Commodity Summaries 2016, minerals remained fundamental to the US economy, contributing to the real gross domestic product at several levels, including mining, processing and manufacturing finished products.

Using information provided by the US Geological Survey, the National Mining Association, the US Energy Information Administration, the US Census Bureau and other sources, MEC calculated the annual pounds of mined resources used per capita in 2015 as 39,660 (17,990kg).

With the average life expectancy of 78.8 years, the average American will need 3.125 million pounds (1.42 million kilograms) of resources to provide the products and materials they will depend upon in their lifetime.

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