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Minerals in Our Everyday Lives


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 - Today, the Full Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup on 18 bills including legislation that will help develop critical and strategic minerals. Critical and strategic minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, building materials and motor vehicles to personal hygiene products.
Over 66 individual minerals are used to make the typical computer, including silver, aluminum, copper and gold.
Four rare earth minerals are required to make a hybrid vehicle: dysprosium, lanthanum, neodymium and praseodymium.
Energy-efficient light bulbs use europium, terbium and yttrium.
iPods require five rare earth minerals: dysprosium, neodymium, praseodymium, samarium and terbium.
Deodorant contains aluminum and the container is made of petroleum products.
A clock includes iron, nickel, petroleum products and silica.
Lipstick and makeup include clay, mica, talc, limestone and petroleum products.
Mail boxes are made of copper and zinc, which make brass.
Pens are made out of limestone, mica, petroleum products, clays, silica and talc.
Toilets are made of clays, silica, copper, zinc, petroleum products and borates.

Contact: Mallory Micetich

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