When people think of items that helped define life in the twenty-first century, they often imagine the refrigerator, televisions, the Internet, and other similar technological innovations. While inventions all had a hand in how we live today, there are other more humble materials, which often go without recognition. These materials are industrial minerals.
We drive on roads paved with asphalt, walk on sidewalks made from concrete, live in homes built from bricks, while eating and drinking from containers made of glass and ceramic. None of these things would be possible without the industrial use of silica. Silica, which is derived from quartz sand, is found almost everywhere in our modern society. Glass, concrete, pavement, even paint and cosmetics contain silica.
Another highly common mineral is gypsum. Though not as widely seen as silica, gypsum has a hand in the creation of many important items and materials. Some of these include chalk, plaster, drywall, surgical molds and splints, brewing of beer and spirits, purifying agent, and even fertilizers.
Did you know there’s clay in your toothpaste? That’s right, kaolinite is a clay mineral often used in toothpaste and cosmetics. It’s also commonly found in facial masks and soaps, paints, ceramics, light bulbs, and more. Plus, it is used to soothe upset stomachs and also to help treat wastewater.
These are only a few of the hundreds of applications industrial minerals have in our modern world. Imagine how set back our quality of life would be without these materials! Industrial minerals are necessary part of our lives today. For this reason, thousands of pounds of silica, clay, limestone, fly ash, slag, and more are transported across the country on a daily basis. If you would like to know more about the transportation of industrial minerals, we invite you to contact us.