Many common minerals and metals are taken for granted. The National Mining Association reminds us of their common and vital uses. Below is an info-graphic on the common uses of zinc.
NMA reminds us, “A versatile element, zinc can be found in products ranging from swing sets and swimming pools to electric vehicles and airplanes. Beyond its everyday applications, zinc production is an economic stimulant critical to U.S. growth. In 2012 alone, zinc was produced in three states at 13 mines and employed nearly 2,500 Americans in mines, mills and smelters. However, despite a number of zinc deposits in the U.S., we are 74 percent import reliant for zinc, importing it from Canada, Mexico, and Peru. A more efficient U.S. minerals permitting process would help facilitate the production of an estimated 11 million metric tons of zinc in the U.S. and support the industries that rely on them for electronics, green technology and transportation.”
See the original version of the info-graphic here.