What Are Some Examples of Ores?

Examples of ores include aluminum, copper, clay and sodium. An ore is a naturally occurring mineral, rock or metal that can be mined in sufficient amounts to sell for a profit. Ores can also be a natural product that can be used as a source of a nonmetal.

Other examples of ores include gold, magnesium, silver, tin, scandium and beryl.

Metals from ores can be used in manufacturing products, such as iron being extracted to make steel. Some metals are expensive to mine, such as titanium and aluminum. In these cases, the metals are used in smaller quantities to create alloy mixtures. The method of mining ores depends on the reactivity. For example, reactive metals are mined using electrolysis while non reactive metals are extracted by reduction.