National Minerals Information Center

Materials Flow

Materials extracted from the Earth are necessary to produce our most fundamental needs — food, clothing, and shelter.  Materials are needed to maintain and improve our standard of living.  Understanding the whole system of materials flow, from source to ultimate disposition, can help us better manage the use of natural resources and protect the environment.

General

Commodities

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | V | W | Y | Z

A

Aggregates

Aluminum

Antimony

Arsenic

B

Barite

Beryllium

C

Cadmium

Cement

Chromium

Cobalt

Columbium (Niobium)

Copper

G

Gallium

Gemstones

Germanium

Gold

Graphite

Gypsum

I

Indium

Iron and Steel

L

Lead

Lithium

M

Magnesium

Manganese

Mercury

Molybdenum

N

Nickel

P

Palladium

R

Rare Earths

S

Salt

Selenium

Silica

Silver

Sulfur

T

Tantalum

Tin

Titanium

Tungsten

V

Vanadium

Z

Zinc