Mining is the exploration and removal of minerals or
other substances of economic importance. It is an old industry that has
evolved along with humans. Products from mining are so commonplace that
we sometimes donít think about where our modern conveniences come
from. The first weapons that were ever fashioned by "cavemen"
were probably stones that they "mined" at a local river bed.
Stones were used to create shelter and coal was mined to help them
maintain their fire
Companies mine coal, oil, and gas which are fuels. Metals from
rock that contain a high concentration of that metal (ore) or precious
metals (i.e., gold), as well as nonmetallic products such as
sodium, potassium, and crushed stone are mined. These products are used
in homes offices, transportation, communication, and weapons. For
example, it takes more than 30 different minerals from the mining
industry to make a television.