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OMG!! You Need To See The Beautiful Mineral Resources Produced By This Country – So So Beautiful

   
   

OMG!! You Need To See The Beautiful Mineral Resources Produced By This Country – So So Beautiful

Natural resources or commodities are the raw inputs used to manufacture and produce all of the products in the world. These resources are found in the earth including those extracted from the earth and those that have yet to be extracted. They grow naturally without any help from humans. Commodities are either renewable or non-renewable. Renewable resources are those whose supply is infinite—such as solar power—while nonrenewable ones have a limited supply and can no longer be used once the supply is exhausted like fossil fuels.

Natural resources are found throughout the world and extracted for human use. Every product on the market is made using a commodity. As such, they are very valuable, providing income and revenue for governments and corporations. Here are the top 10 countries with the most natural resources and their total estimated value, according to World Atlas.

OMG!! You Need To See The Beautiful Mineral Resources Produced By This Country – So So Beautiful

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Natural resources are valuable to the countries where they are found as they are extracted to produce goods and services.

Mining is the primary industry for many of the countries on this list.

Oil and gas make up a big portion of the natural resources on the top 10 list.

Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela, the U.S., and Brazil are on the bottom of the list.

The top five are China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, India, and Russia.

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Australia

Australia earns $19.9 trillion U.S. dollars from mining, and it is number 10 on the list. Australia, which is about 80% the size of the United States, is known for its large reserves of coal, timber, copper, iron ore, nickel, oil shale, and rare earth metals and mining is the primary industry. Australia is also one of the leaders in uranium and gold mining. The country has the largest gold reserves in the world, supplying over 14% of the world’s gold demand and 46% of the world’s uranium demand. Australia is the top producer of opal and aluminum.

Australia produces 19 useful minerals in significant amounts, from over 350 operating mines. From these minerals, useful materials such as metals can be extracted. Australia is one of the world’s leading producers of bauxite (aluminium ore), iron ore, lithium, gold, lead, diamond, rare earth elements, uranium, and zinc. Australia also has large mineral sand deposits of ilmenite, zircon and rutile. In addition, Australia produces large quantities of black coal, manganese, antimony, nickel, silver, cobalt, copper and tin.

Mining occurs in all states of Australia, the Northern Territory and Christmas Island. There is no mining in the Australian Capital Territory apart from quarries used for construction materials. Australia’s Identified Mineral Resources, has up-to-date information on mineral resources in Australia including resource estimates, production and export figures.

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Metals and other mineral ores

Minerals are naturally occurring, inorganic, solids. They are the ingredients of rocks. Ores are rocks that contain metals or valuable minerals, that can be mined for profit.

Some ores found and mined in Australia include:

   
   

Metals

Aluminium

Copper

Gold

Iron

Lead

Magnesium

Nickel

Silver

Tin

Titanium

Zinc

Mineral Sands

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The term Mineral sands is given to a group of heavy minerals commonly found and mined together from old beach, river or dune environments. Occasionally these deposits are referred to as beach sand deposits or heavy mineral deposits. Typically beaches are dominated by the mineral quartz (SiO2), but mineral sands contain concentrations of important minerals such as rutile, ilmenite, monazite, zircon and garnet. Other heavy minerals found in mineral sands include magnetite, sapphire, diamond and staurolite. In Australia, the three main elements extracted from mineral sand deposits are titanium from ilmenite and rutile sands, zirconium from zircon sands and thorium from monazite.

Overview

Rutile

IImenite

Garnet

Monazite

Zircon

Australian Gems

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Gemstones are minerals that possess beauty and durability and have a rarity that makes them desirable. There are over 4000 different minerals, yet only 130 are considered gemstones and of these less than 50 are frequently used. In addition, organic materials that are not minerals, such as amber or pearl are also often considered to be gemstones as well. The rarest and most valuable of all are diamond, emerald (green beryl), sapphire (blue corundum) and ruby (red corundum). Opal is the national gemstone of Australia.

Overview

Diamond

Opal

Emerald

Garnet

Topaz

Jade

Sapphire/Ruby

Zircon

Minerals Links

National

Geoscience Australia houses the National Mineral and Fossil Collection, an impressive selection of some 15 000 mineral and 100 000 fossil specimens, of which approximately 800 are on permanent display. Geoscience Australia’s mineral collection can be viewed through a number of online exhibits hosted by Google Arts & Culture.

The Australian Museum has a section devoted to geoscience in Australia. The Museum keeps the Albert Chapman Mineral Collection which is on permanent display.

OMG!! You Need To See The Beautiful Mineral Resources Produced By This Country – So So Beautiful

New South Wales

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries offers mineral factsheets relating to commodities found in New South Wales.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government provides a guide to Gems and Minerals in the Northern Territory .

Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council hosts Oresome Resources a website that provides a wide range of educational resources to support teaching and learning about minerals and energy.

The Queensland Government, supports the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy an industry/education schools partnership between the Queensland resources industry and the government. The Academy assists students with their understanding of, and exposure to, the resources sector and related career paths.

OMG!! You Need To See The Beautiful Mineral Resources Produced By This Country – So So Beautiful

South Australia

   
   

The South Australian Government provides educational resources for teachers.

Victoria

The Victorian Government offers an overview of Victoria’s geology. The government also provides minerals information on commodities produced in Victoria.

Western Australia

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Earth Sciences Western Australia (ESWA) is a consortium of universities, the CSIRO, Minerals, Oil and Gas Industry partners, as well as and other public and private organisations have collaborated to develop a suite of Earth and Environmental Science (EES) resources, materials and teacher training.

The University of Western Australia owns and operates the Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum which is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and on Sunday afternoons.

   
   

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