The Minerals Baby is Back!
- Written by Mark Kuhar
June 13, 2011 – The Mineral Information Institute released its latest "Minerals Baby," noting that 38,052 pounds of new minerals must be provided for every person in the United States to make the things we use every day. That number includes 8,509 lb. of stone used to make roads, buildings, bridges, landscaping, and for numerous chemical and construction uses; 5,599 lb. of sand and gravel used to make concrete, asphalt, roads, blocks and bricks; and 496 lb. of cement used to make roads, sidewalks, bridges, buildings, schools and houses. Over the course of a lifetime the average American will need 1.09 million lb. of aggregates.