The National Mining Association has just released an infograph on molybdenum. In 2014, molybdenum, valued at about $1.8 billion (based on an average oxide price), was produced at 13 American mines. Molybdenum ore was produced as a primary product at three mines, two in Colorado, and one in Idaho, whereas ten copper mines (six in Arizona, one each in Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah) recovered molybdenum as a byproduct.
NMA infographs provide basic information on use and can be used as a teaching aid in schools. Links to other NMA infographs are provided below.
Other NMA infographs:
Gold in modern life
Importance of Copper
Importance of domestic mining to manufacturing
Iron – critical to nearly every industry
Minerals vital to modern life – a short video
Permitting, Economic Value, and Mining part 2
Platinum group metals fight pollution and cancer
Potash and Phosphate help feed the world
Silver: The Versatile Metal Powering American Innovation
How we use rare earth elements
Zinc the building block of summer fun
“Gold is one of the world’s most sought-after minerals, prized for its value and unique qualities. Most frequently associated with jewelry, many people are not aware of its versatility and contributions to daily life. From the fastest technology to the most sophisticated medical equipment, gold is a vital resource. Without gold, our GPS and satellite technology could not navigate as quickly, our astronauts would not have adequate protection from harmful radiation and our doctors would not have the technology behind life-supporting medical equipment.”
The National Mining Association has produced an info-graphic (see below) on the current uses of gold in modern life (link). They also have a “tool kit” which shows how we all depend on minerals in our daily lives. Give it a look.