7 Fun Facts About The Mining Industry


The mining industry is changing worldwide constantly and even though mining has been happening for centuries, new technology has made it  more efficient than ever before. Remembering where we came from in the mining industry can be important to innovating for the future. Here are some fun facts about the history of mining.

The First medals We Were Mining Were Gold and Copper

Copper dates back to 8700 BC and scientists have claimed it copper types date  back more than 5000 years.

Americans Are Using 40,000 Pounds of Minerals Every Year

We used minerals in a variety of construction tools as well as in vitamins, foods and more.

Petroleum Mining Is Essential To Everything We Do

Over 6000 daily items we use require petroleum mining.

Electronic devices require the mining industry

The average electronic device has more than 35 minerals in it and without the mining industry, you wouldn’t be able to access this article!

There’s A Variety of Fools Gold In The Mining Industry

It’s likely that you’ve heard of fools gold called pyrite but there are a number of other materials in the mining industry that resemble gold. Proper Techniques for detection are required to sort out components like chalcopyrite and Biotite mica.

Gold is Extremely Difficult To Find

80% of the world gold has yet to be discovered and pure gold is even more rare to find. Until we discover more gold-rich deposits across the world, it’s likely that the price of gold will only continue to increase.

The Luck of The Irish Is A Gold-Mining Term

The gold rush that happens in Western America was started by a series of successful minors from Ireland. Because of the luck that they had, this term was created.

If you’d like to learn more about the mining industry, stay tuned for more top facts!

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of mining electrical companies. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.

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