About MEC

The Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.

Click here to learn more about the Minerals Education Coalition.

MEC Spotlights


Mining & Careers Resources

MEC has created a series of mining & minerals career resources to show students how an interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

Find Mining & Career bookmarks and interviews with mining professionals here.



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Mineral Usage Statistics

Each year, new minerals must be mined. We all rely on these minerals so that we can enjoy our lifestyles and health.

2015 Mineral Baby
This graphic shows examples of the 3.11 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime. Calculations are based on a life expectancy of 78.8 years and mineral use data from the National Mining Association, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Energy Information Administration.


2015 Per Capita Use of Minerals
This graphic illustrates the quantity of minerals needed for each person in the United States this year. For example, based on 2014 production, 616 lbs of cement will be needed to make the roads, sidewalks, bridges, schools and houses you will use this year.

USGS Commodities
Link to United States Geological Survey to find current Commodity Statistics and Information.


US Energy Information Administration
Natural Gas