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

 

Back to School Resources! Teach your students that aggregates are the most mined materials in the world. MEC’s new Aggregates poster includes four aggregates-themed activities. The Aggregates Teacher Guide provides additional educational resources on aggregates for your classroom.

Click here to download the Aggregates Teacher Guide.

Click here to order the Aggregates poster


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.

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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