Americans consume 3 million pounds of minerals in a lifetime

May 15, 2013

Minerals-BabyThe average American born in 2012 with an expected lifespan of 78.8 years will consume an estimated 3 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels in his or her lifetime, accordng to statistics released this month from The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s (SME) Minerals Education Coalition (MEC).

Each year, MEC compiles its minerals statistics into a illustration, known as the coalition’s iconic “Minerals Baby.” The Minerals Baby breaks down the stats, showing how much of each specific mined mineral the average American will consume in a lifetime.

MEC calculates the annual amount based on information provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Mining Association and other sources.

The Minerals Baby is intended to emphasize the dependence that each American has on the mining industry. It is meant for use in a variety of educational presentations, ranging from K-12 classroom lessons to Congressional committee sessions.

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