How many pounds of minerals are required by the average person in a year?

To maintain our standard of living, each person in the United States requires over 38,449 pounds of minerals each year:

  • 9,426 pounds of stone
  • 6,768 pounds of sand and gravel
  • 655 pounds of cement
  • 142 pounds of clays
  • 338 pounds of salt
  • 244 pounds of iron ore
  • 195 pounds of phosphate rock
  • 34 pounds of soda ash
  • 28 pounds of aluminum
  • 13 pounds of copper
  • 11 pounds of lead
  • 6 pounds of zinc
  • 4 pounds of manganese
  • 21 pounds of other metals
  • 535 pound of other non-metals

PLUS:

  • 930 gallons of petroleum
  • 4,409 pounds of coal
  • 87,817 cubic feet of natural gas
  • 0.2 pounds of uranium

Source: Minerals Information Institute, 2018

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