Helping us to work, travel and live

Take time to consider just how many everyday items exist thanks to minerals

From the houses and the way we live in them to the roads we travel on to the way we use modern communication devices to talk to each other, minerals have a significant impact on our daily lives. Yet we give very little thought as to where these minerals come from and how they are obtained. The quarrying industry supports just about every other industry sector and is vital for the UK economy.

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Planes, trains, automobiles - how minerals keep us moving

Our ability to travel for work and pleasure would be severely restricted without minerals

Find out more about how minerals help us to get around.

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Earning power of metals - how minerals keep us working

Our ability to advance civilisation is heavily influenced by new product development

Find out more about how minerals keep us productive.

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Your home is your castle - how minerals keep us comfortable

Our ability to survive the elements is a basic human need and minerals have been vital

Find out more about how minerals have helped us build shelters for centuries.

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Fast mineral facts

We have started a collection of fast mineral facts designed to give you a greater understanding of where certain minerals are found and where they are used.