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62 Examples of Mineral Products

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Mineral products are inorganic natural materials that are sold on markets. These are industrial and commercial minerals that are used in manufacturing, construction and by the chemical industry. Some mineral products are also sold directly to consumers as gems and gardening products. Mineral products also have other uses such as dietary minerals that are used in food and supplements. The following are common mineral products.
Aggregates (e.g. gravel)
Aluminum
Antimony
Asphalt
Barium
Bauxite
Beryllium
Cadmium
Calcium
Carbonatites
Chromite
Clays
Cobalt
Copper
Corundum (e.g. Sapphire & Rubies)
Diamonds
Dimension Stone
Dolomite
Feldspar
Fluorine / Fluorspar
Gallium
Garnet
Gemstones
Gold
Graphite
Gypsum
Halite
Indium
Iridium
Iron Ore
Kaolin
Limestone
Lithium
Manganese
Marble
Mica
Molybdenum
Nickel
Osmium
Palladium
Perlite
Phosphate Rock
Platinum
Potash
Pumice
Pyrite
Quartz / Silica / Sand
Rare Earths
Rhodium
Salt
Silver
Slate
Soda Ash
Sodium Carbonate
Sulfur
Talc
Tantalum
Titanium
Tungsten
Vanadium
Zeolites
Zinc

Types of Minerals

Minerals can be categorized according to their properties such as metals or fibers. They can also be categorized according to their use such as construction minerals or energy minerals.
Chemical minerals are substances such as sulfur that are commonly used to produce chemicals.
Clay minerals such as kaolinite have broad applications such as in the production of ceramics.
Fertilizer minerals are substances such as potash that are used in the production of fertilizers.
Rare earths are a group of 17 chemical elements that are difficult to extract because they do not typically occur in large deposits.

Metals

Metals are an important class of mineral that are defined by a long list of common properties in areas such as high luster, heat and electric conductivity, malleability and high density. The following are examples of minerals that are metals.

Summary

Mineral products are are naturally occurring, inorganic substances that are produced commercially. Together with organic products such as woods, these are used as the basic materials that are used to produce goods.

Discussion

Most consumer products are made of minerals, petrochemicals or organic materials such as wood and paper. For example, glass products are made from minerals such as lime and silica.
Complex products such as electronics typically include dozens of different minerals.
Overview: Mineral Products
Type
Definition (1)
Inorganic natural materials that are sold on markets.
Definition (2)
Inorganic natural materials that are sold for use in manufacturing, construction and chemical production.
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