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ESU Earth Science Department Presents

Missouri is a State of Mines

highlights from the

First Annual Minerals Education Workshop
Sponsored by the
Missouri Mining Industry Council
Missouri Limestone Producers


by Susan Ward Aber

Introduction    Field Tours    Mining Resource Links

The Mining Industry Council of Missouri believes their slogan, "if it can't be grown it has to be mined." Missouri is a state rich in mineral and rock resources and representatives of the Mining Industry Council and the Limestone Producers Association of Missouri co-sponsored an informative workshop to educate and inform us on the role mining plays in our lives. The workshop was aimed primarily at K-6 teachers and held on the University of Missouri campus at Rolla. A few highlights are given below.

Richard Lawson, president and chief executive officer of the National Mining Association, opened the workshop with an overview of the importance of mining to our nation and economic security. Americans are 5% of the world population with access to 12% of all commodities, 16% of the energy, and produces 28% of the world's gross products. He believed it is our responsibility to teach the world and a plan similar to the Marshall Plan could be used as a model in which to do this. The world is opening up with the Internet and cable television, which will only increase the use of mined materials. A few notes are listed below.

  • All of the necessities of life, that is food, shelter, and clothing, are dependent upon and derived from mined products.
  • Americans require 47,000 pounds per person per year of mined resources to maintain the standard of living we are accustomed to, whereas most of the world requires some 500 pounds a year.
  • The U.S. ranks first or second in the world for the production of some twenty essential metals, minerals, and coal. Only 2% of the land in the U.S. is affected by mining and less than one-third of 1% in Missouri.
  • The mining industry in the U.S. is so productive that we are close to selling it for less than it costs to produce. The mining industry has the highest paid "blue collar" workers in the world.
  • The rate of development in a country is related to the amount of energy available.
  • Computers, used for work and communication, are increasing our demand for generating electricity and the U.S. produces the cheapest electricity in the world. One interesting comparison was between the coal industry of China and the U.S., where both countries produce approximately one billion metric tons per year. China employs 4 million to mine that amount of coal, whereas in the U.S., 83,000 miners accomplish the same feat at $20 per ton.

    Hands-on activities suitable for the classroom, posters, videos, CDs, rock and mineral samples, books, and more were delivered by teachers, staff, faculty, presidents and CEOs from the National Energy Foundation, UMR, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Limestone Producers Association, Missouri Mining Industry Council, Women in Mining Educational Foundation, Springfield Underground, Capital Quarries, Doe Run Company, among others!

    Tour of a Limestone
    Aggegrate Operation

    Tour a Lead Mine

    Tour the Lead Milling
    and Processing Plant

    Mining Resource Links

    International Mining Sites,
    Mining Technology Associations Directory,
    Government of Greenland, Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum,
    Journal of Mines, Metals & Fuels,
    Canadian Mining Industry Research Organization

    National Mining Sites,
    National Mining Association
    From NMA,
    Museums and Mines open to the public InfoMine and their
    EduMine Campus for online learning and reference
    Women in Mining
    MSHA Mine Safety & Health Administration,
    Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior
    From OSM, Keep Out: Old mines can be dangerous
    and State Program Links,
    Mining USA,
    Mining Directory,
    National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum,
    Mining Industry of the Future,
    Occupational Outlook Handbook on Mining,
    Bureau of Land Management, American Society for
    Surface Mining and Reclamation, Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Education Foundation

    State Mining Sites
    Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology,
    Nevada Mining Association,
    Mining Engineering at Michigan Tech,
    Western Museum of Mining and Industry,
    Keck Earth Science and Mining Research Center,
    Utah Mining Association,
    Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin
    Idaho Mining Association,
    Kansas Dept. of Health and
    Environment surface mining section,
    Kansas Geological Survey,
    Mining Industry Council of Missouri,
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources,
    Virginia city, Nevada,
    Virginia City Once Richest Place on Earth,
    Wyoming Mining Association,
    Wyoming Mining Industry,
    Colorado Mining Association,
    Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology, Arizona Geological Survey

    Mining Claims, The Mining Law of 1872 Grants for
    Rights to Federal Lands, How to File a Mining Claim

    Lead Mining,
    Museum of Yorkshire Dales Lead Mining,
    A Short History of Weardale,
    Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine ,
    The Museum of Lead Mining ,
    Lead Prevention,
    U.S. EPA Lead Programs, Lead Contamination in the Home, Lead Contamination In The Garden,
    The Lead Detective,
    Lead Test Kits, CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

    Copper Mining,
    Arizona's Copper Mining,
    Arizona's Copper Mining Company
    Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum,
    Jerome, Arizona, A Mining Town

    Gold Mining,
    Gold Institute,
    Gold Mining,
    Homestake Mining,
    San Francisco Gold Mining,
    A History of the Vulture Gold Mine in Arizona,
    Newmont Mining Company,
    Gold Prospecting,
    Gold Prospecting,
    Colorado Gold Prospecting,
    Aussie Gold Prospecting page,
    African Gold Mining,
    Gold Treasure ,
    The Blackhills Mining Museum,
    Alaska Mining and Diving Supply
    , Colorado Gold Rush, Fort Collins 1844-1866,
    Reed Gold Mine

    Bauxite and Aluminum,
    Ormet An Aluminum Producer

    Diamond Mining,
    Diamond Registry, World Diamond Mining Update,
    Ashton Mining of Canada, Crater of Diamonds State park in Arkansas

    Salt Mining,
    Salt Mines of Wieliczka, Oldest Operation in Europe, 1850,
    Wieleczka Salt mines,,
    Cracow Salt Works,
    Austrian salt mines,
    Solution Mining Research Institute,
    Salt Production, Sand Mining, and Quarrying,
    Salt Institute,
    Salt City Beneath Detroit
    Salt Caverns,
    Rock Salt Mining
    , Texas Salt

    Coal Mining,
    China Coal Information Network,
    Kentucky Coal Council,
    Kentucky Coal Mining Museum,
    The Geology and History of Coal in Nova Scotia,
    National Coal Mining Museum for England,
    Blue Herring Mining Community
    Big South Fork National Park,
    Wyodak Resources Development Corporation,
    American Coal Foundation

    Seafloor Mining

    Deep Seabed Mining: U.S. Interests and the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea

    Energy Quest,
    Sterling Hill Mining Museum,
    Jordon Carbonate Company,
    Red Dog Scientific Services,
    Gypsum and Anhydrite in Nova Scotia,
    World Information Service on Energy Uranium Project,
    Academy of Energy,
    Mineral Information Institute,
    National Energy Foundation,
    National Association of Geology Teachers,
    Leetso, the Yellow Monster: Uranium Mining on the Colorado Plateau

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    Creates in July 10, 2000; last update, 9 June, 2005. © 2000-2005 Susan Ward Aber. All rights reserved.