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Chapter 16: Mining

After completing this chapter, you will understand:

  • What mineral resources are, how they form, and why they are important.
  • How mineral resources are found, mined, and processed for people’s use.
  • The environmental impacts of mining, processing, and using mineral resources.
  • How the environmental impacts of using mineral resources are lessened or prevented.
  • Trends in mineral use and people’s future needs of minerals.

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