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Rocks around us

Without mineral products, life as we know it could not exist. The products from mineral extraction give us our homes, shops, offices, hospitals - and, yes, they also give us our schools! A typical family creates a need for about a lorry load of stone every year.

Let's look first at your house. Modern houses are built almost entirely from materials made from rocks.

For example:

  • The bricks and roof tiles are made from clay
  • The mortar that bonds the bricks is made from sand, lime and cement
  • The foundations and blocks are made of concrete, a mixture of cement, aggregates and water
  • The plaster is made from gypsum
  • The glass in the windows is made using sand

Diagram - Modern houses are built almost entirely from materials made from rocks

 
 
Mineral products give us our homes, shops, offices, hospitals - and, yes, they also give us our schools!
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