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What is a mineral-based industry?

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Mineral-based industries use any mineral, element or rock extracted from the ground that has potential value. Some examples of mined minerals are iron and cement compounds, such as gypsum.

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The building industry uses many items that are mineral-based. Iron is the most important metal used in building structures. Steel bolts, nuts, screws and nails are treated with another metal, such as zinc, to prevent rusting. Lead is a mineral called galena that for many years was used in plumbing, but due to toxicity, most lead piping has been replaced with copper or plastic pipes. Quartz is a mineral used for glass windows. The metal used in house numbers come from the mineral chromite.

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