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How large is a lifetime supply of minerals for the average person?

At today's level of consumption, the average newborn infant will need a lifetime supply of:

  • 871 pounds of lead
  • 502 pounds of zinc
  • 950 pounds of copper
  • 2,692 pounds of aluminum
  • 21,645 pounds of iron ore
  • 11,614 pounds of clays
  • 30,091 pounds of salt
  • 1,420,000 pounds of stone, sand, gravel, and cement

Learn more: Mineral Resources: Out of the ground...into our daily lives