Common Uses of Rocks & Minerals
Ceramics are made up of kaolinite, flint, feldspar, and quartz. From ceramics we can make: glass windows, buildings, art,industrial ceramics,turbine, automotive, & aerospace components, heat exchangers, semiconductors, seals, prosthetics, cutting tools, traditional ceramics,tiles, brick, sewer pipe, pottery, and abrasive wheels! Here is a list of other minerals and where you can find them around them around town.
Aircraft (including 82% of a Boeing 747), automobiles, food containers, drink containers, buildings & other construction, railroad cars, marine craft, electrical applications (conductors), appliances, cooking utensils, furniture, tools.
Photograph is Alunite and aluminum ore. To purchase aluminum ore samples go here.
Rocket nozzles, space craft, missiles, aircraft, disc brakes,precision instruments, mirrors, X-Ray applications, springs, electrical contacts, non-sparking tools.
Photograph is of Bertrandite (Tiffany Stone) a berylium ore. To see our samples of beryllium go here.
Electrical & electronic components, springs, plumbing, heat exchangers, marine hardware, cooking utensils, jewelry, decorative items, polymer molds, lubricant in hot metal forming operations, brass (alloy of copper & zinc), bronze (alloy of copper & tin), aluminum bronze (alloy of copper & aluminum), and many other things
The photograph is of native copper on matrix. To see our samples of native copper and copper ores go here.
Piping, collapsible tubing, cable sheathing, roofing, batteries, X-ray shielding, vibration dampening, ammunition, weights, chemical industry, solders, solid lubricant in metal forming operations.
The photograph is of Scheelite a high yeild mineral for zinc, lead, and tungsten. To see lead samples for sale go here.
Aircraft, missiles, material handling equipment, power tools, ladders, luggage, bicycles, sporting goods, cameras, printing & textile machinery
Photograph of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Magnesium is mined out of salt water.
Superalloys (used for jet engine components, rockets, nuclear power plants), food-handling & chemical processing equipment, coins, marine applications, electromagnetic applications such as solenoids, electroplating, important component in alloying other metals.
Photograph of Nickeline a Nickel ore.
Molybdenum, niobium, tungsten, & tantalum are important metals in alloys because they maintain their strength at elevated temperatures.
Photograph is of Molybdenite a Molybdenum mineral. To see samples of Molybdenite for sale go here.
(made up of iron, boron, calcium, carbon, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, magnesium, molybdenum, nickel, niobium, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, sulfur, tantalum, tellurium, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, zirconium).
Automobiles, appliances, containers, boilers, ships, bridges, buildings, railroads, tools, musical instruments, fasteners, medical instruments, furniture, computer parts, furnaces, water heaters, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and many other things. Photograph show is Hematite a rich Iron Ore.
Aircraft, jet engines, racing cars, golf clubs, chemical, petrochemical, and marine components, submarines, armor plate, bio-materials (such as orthopedic implants). We also use titanium oxide as a polish.
Photograph is of Rutilated Quartz, a Titanium Ore. To see Rutilated Quartz for sale on our site go here.
Galvanizing iron & steel, alloys including super-plastic alloys, batteries, automobiles, components of household appliances, photoengraving equipment.
Photograph is of Willemite a Zinc Ore on Calcite. To see this and other Zinc ores for sale go here.
Electronic components, nuclear-power reactors,polymers (made from coal and petroleum products), thermoplastic, acetals (mechanical parts, wear surfaces, pipes, valves, showerheads), acrylics (lenses, lighted signs, displays, windshields, lighting fixtures, display stands), cellulosics (tool handles, pens, knobs, eyeglass frames, safety goggles, helmets, tubing, steering wheels, packaging film, billiard balls, toys, decorations), nylons (gears, bushings, fasteners, zippers, electrical parts, combs, surgical equipment, physics induction experiments), polyesters, polyethylenes, polyvinyl chloride,conducting polymers (adhesives, microelectronics, rechargeable batteries, capacitors, catalysts, fuel cells, fuel-level sensors, radar dishes, antistatic coatings, sun roofs, power windows)
Photograph is of Zircons a Zirconium ore.