Is Mining Important? By Dr Kenneth J Reid Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Member, Board of Directors, SME Twin Cities Sub Section June 2014 Consider a World without Mining . No Iron Ore No Steel No Limestone No Cement No Sand No Crushed Rock No Concrete Without Concrete and Steel there would be: . No Skyscrapers No Shopping Malls No Supermarkets No Sports Stadiums No Hospitals No Cities • . No Roads No Rails No Bridges No Harbors No Airports No Cars No Trucks No Trains No Ships No Planes Without Infrastructure and Transportation No Local Commerce • . No Interstate Trade No Global Trade Also Without Concrete and Steel There would be No Dams No Water Pumps No Water Towers so No Water If there were No Potash Mines and No Phosphate Mines There would be No Fertilizers and No Crops • . so No Feed for Animals and No Food for Humans . So: Are Mines Important? Without a Doubt Absolutely everything we depend on is either made from Earth Resources or relies on Earth Resources for its production and distribution Copies of this Presentation can be obtained from the Minerals Education Coalition website: mineraleducationcoalition.org or mii.org .