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Minerals are more than beautiful display pieces. They are the very building blocks of the universe. Minerals make up the Earth, the Moon, and the meteorites that voyage to Earth from other parts of the Solar System. Minerals hold the tangible evidence scientists need to learn about our world. Modern civilization relies heavily on mineral resources. You use minerals more than you may imagine. If something is not derived from a plant or animal, then most likely it came from a rock or mineral. In our homes, on the road, and in classrooms and offices, minerals matter to us all. Look for examples as you explore the website to discover some of the ways we use rocks and minerals.

  • Mining A Car
  • Aluminum or Gold?
  • [Photo: Electronic circuit board]

    Electronic circuitry found in your telephone and computer uses minerals like gold and quartz.

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    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Department of Mineral Sciences website Credits