A mineral is a chemical compound which has a definite chemical composition, inorganic and solid in nature. It is a naturally occurring compound. It is inorganic and has an ordered internal structure. Mineralogy is the study of minerals. Gemstones like diamonds, emeralds and sapphires which are produced in industries are identical and hence are called man-made minerals. Minerals are those elements on the earth and in foods that our bodies need to develop and function normally.
Let’s see some other uses of minerals
Uses of minerals
Mineral like copper is used in electrical equipment as it is a good electrical conductor. Clay is used in making cement etc which helps in construction processes. Fibreglass, cleaning agents are made of borax. Below are the uses of minerals in everyday life:
- Uses of minerals in the body
- Uses of metallic minerals
- Economic uses of minerals
Uses of minerals in the body:
Calcium gives structure and strength to bones and teeth. It also helps in blood clotting, enzyme function, transfer signals to the nervous system etc. Iron is required in transporting oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. Foods rich in iron are eggs, dry fruits, red meat etc. Zinc plays a major role in the body’s immunity. It fights infections and various illnesses. Foods rich in zinc are beans, pork, peanuts etc.
Uses of metallic minerals:
Minerals which consist of one or more than one metallic elements are called metallic minerals. The leading producer of metallic minerals is Ontario. Gold, copper, silver, iron etc are some metal minerals
Economic uses of minerals:
Gold is used in computers and other electronics. It is also used in dentistry. Aluminium is used in beverage cans, aluminium foil, cosmetics etc. Graphite is used in machinery and pencils. Potassium is used in toothpaste and fertilizers
Above were the most common uses of minerals. Other applications are – used in constructing buildings, developing weapons for defence, machinery, making jewellery, synthesizing fertilizers etc.
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