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Minerals produced in Nevada, and their uses

BARITE

Drilling muds; manufacture of rubber; bowling balls; medical purposes.


CLAYS

Cooking utensiles.


DIATOMITE

Filters; absorbents; kitty litter.


DOLOMITE

Nutritional additives; building stone.


GOLD

Dentistry and medicine; scientific and electronic instruments (computers, telephones, vehicle airbags, cameras, televisions, video cassette recorders, compact discs); as an electrolyte in the electroplating industry; jewelry and arts; medallions and coins; ingots as a store of value.


GYPSUM

Prefabricated wall board; industrial or building plaster; cement manufacturing; agriculture.


LEAD

Lead batteries; gasoline additives; solders, seals, and bearings; TV tubes; TV glass; construction; communications; protective coatings; ceramics and crystal glass; tubes or containers; type metal or foil; X-ray and gamma radiation shielding; soundproofing material in construction; ammunition.


LIMESTONE

Concrete aggregate; lime - the chief raw ingredient in cement; fertilizer and soil conditioner; a flux in the melting of iron; paints; plastics; livestock feed as a source of calcium.


LITHIUM

Ceramics; glass; in primary aluminum production; in the manufacture of lubricants and greases; rocket propellants; vitamin A synthesis; silver solders; underwater buoyancy devices; batteries.


MAGNESITE

In the chemical industry; refractory materials.


MOLYBDENUM

In alloy steels to make automotive parts, construction equipment, gas transmission pipes, stainless steels for water distribution systems, food handling equipment, chemical processing equipment, home, hospital, and laboratory requirements; tool steels bearings, dies, machining components; cast irons steel mill rolls, auto parts, crusher parts; lubricants as catalysts, paint pigments, corrosion inhibitors, smoke and flame retardant, dry lubricants.


PERLITE

Soil conditioner


PETROLEUM

Diesel, kerosene, stove oil, and asphalt


SALT

Road de-icing


SAND & GRAVEL

Concrete; bricks; roads; a basic building block of society.


SILICA

Glass (Nevada's is mainly used in bottles and jars).


SILVER

Photography; chemistry, electronics; currency; alloy; lining vats and other equipment for chemical reaction vessels and water distillation; jewelry; catalyst in manufacture of ethylene; mirrors; electric conductors; batteries; silver plating; table cutlery; dental, medical and scientific equipment; electrical contacts; bearing metal; magnet windings; brazing alloys, solder.


SULFUR

In manufacture of sulfuric acid, fertilizers, chemicals, explosives, dyestuffs, petroleum refining; vulcanization of rubber; fungicides.


TUNGSTEN

Metalworking; construction and electrical machinery and equipment; transportation equipment; as filament in light bulbs; as a carbide in drilling equipment; in heat and radiation shielding; textile dyes, enamels, paints and for coloring glass.


ZINC

As protective coating on steel; die casting; as an allying metal with copper to make brass; in rubber and paints; electroplating; metal spraying; automotive parts; electrical fuses; anodes; dry cell batteries; fungicides; nutrition; chemicals; roof gutter; engravers' plates; cable wrappings; organ pipes; in pennies; and in additives to lubricating oils and greases. Zinc oxides: in medicine, in paints, as an activator and accelerator in vulcanizing rubber; as an electrostatic and photo conductive agent in photocopying.



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