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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Looking for an educational presentation on the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life? Mining 101 has been created for grades 5 - 12, but can be adapted to any grade by utilizing the extension activities and related MEC resources listed in the presentation.
2015 Mineral Baby
Each year, new minerals must be mined to support our lives and lifestyles. The 2015 Mineral Baby shows examples of the 3.11 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime.
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Mining inevitably disturbs land. Modern mines reclaim the surface during and after mining is completed, returning the land to useful purposes. Reclaimed mine lands are often more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining started.
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