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.

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MEC Spotlights


Each year, new minerals must be mined to support our lives and lifestyles. The Mineral Baby shows examples of the 3.03 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime.

Click here to view additional mineral resource statistics.

 

Iron in Our Electrical World, an 18-minute 40-second video, will be a valuable resource for high school teachers and students, as well as informative and entertaining for all others with an interest in science. See why iron is such a crucial component of the world of electricity, from electric guitars to Tesla cars to roller coasters!

Click here to view the Iron in Our Electrical World video.

 

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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.

 

2014 Mineral Baby
This graphic shows examples of the 3.03 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime. Calculations are based on a life expectancy of 78.7 years, and mineral use data from the National Mining Association, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Energy Information Administration.


 

Per Capita Use of Minerals
This graphic illustrates the quantity of minerals needed for each person in the United States. For example, based on 2013 production, 573 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
Petroleum
Uranium
Coal