Everyone knows at least one mineral and its application. One would need to know some of the most commonly used minerals and their uses. Antimony is one of the metals used in the creation of batteries used in grid power storage. Asbestos is known to be a perfect match when it comes to retarding of fire but is also known to be cancerous. Barium, on the other hand, is known to make rubber, x-ray technology as well as making fireworks.
Bauxite is used in processing the ore of aluminum. Beryllium is also used in making of x-ray tools as well as in fluorescent lights manufacturing. Chromite is mainly used in making high chrome finishes due to its high polish traits. The blue color of cobalt makes it very useful in the making of glass.
Tantalite on the other hand is mostly used in technology, in the healthy products, automotive systems and many other products. Copper is applicable in making of currency, jewelry, in plumbing as well as in the electricity field. Feldspar on the other end is known in making building materials. Fluorite is another mineral applicable in manufacturing of fluorescent. Gypsum is used in making fertilizer and in road construction while halite is used in softening water, making certain acids, melting ice on the road, fire extinguishing as well as seasoning of food. Iron ore as well is known for its application in the auto industry while lead is known in making pencil, makeup, paint, and utensils.
Lithium is yet another mineral used in making of batteries and common in the electric cars technology. Manganese is commonly used in making of steel. Mica is ideal when it comes to putting off a sparkle in rocks. Molybdenum is as well as its own set of uses. Nickel is known for making currency as well as in making jewelry. Perlite as a mineral has been very applicable in modeling. Phosphate is another mineral widely used for all life on earth while potash is used on making fertilizer as well as food products.
Pyrite is also known for making jewelry. Quartz is yet another mineral known for making of scientific instruments, in making concrete as well as in making of watches. Quartz is used in making semiconductor. If you are into jewelry, you may have encountered silver. Sodium carbonate is used in making detergents, paper, and making glass as well as for softening. Other known minerals include stibnite, sulfur, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, zeolite and zinc.