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Resources: Mining and Minerals


Resources from the Geological Society


Factsheet: Mining

How do geologists find mineral deposits, and what happens after the mines close? What is a critical metal, and where are the deepest mines on earth? Find out how we mine and process minerals above and below ground in our mining fact sheet, released in February 2017.

Factsheet: Mineral Resources

Almost everything in the modern world uses minerals or their by-products in some way. Find out more in our mineral resources factsheet, released in February 2017.

Minerals in a Smartphone Poster

Did you know that the average smartphone contains 75 different elements all of which need to be sourced from the Earth? Find out all about the different minerals that go into smartphone in our downloadable poster.

mineral exploration activity

Mineral Exploration activity

Get your students to become exploration geologists as they try to decide which site will contain the most viable copper deposit.

Mineral resources game

Mineral Resources Card Game

Mineral resources card game developed for our 2018 Year of Resources. Print it off here!

100 Geosites

100 Great Geosites: Mining & Industry

Explore mining and industrial locations from our list of 100 great geological sites across the UK and Ireland, featuring some of the most diverse and beautiful geology in the world.

Careers in Mining & Quarrying

Geologists and engineers are employed in the search for and production of mineral resources. Find out what they do in our career profiles, and explore career and study options in the mining sector.

Resources from other organisations


Geology for Society: Mineral Resources

Modern industry, technology and consumer products require a vast array of minerals, both abundant and rare. Their extraction and trade forms a major part of our national and global economy. As the population and demand for resources grow, innovative technologies are required to locate and extract minerals. Find out more in our resource aimed at policy and decision-makers as well as the wider public.

Virtual Experiments

Interactive animated experiments from the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA). Topics include rock strength, metamorphism, resistivity, porosity, permeability, speed of cooling, boreholes and earthquakes.

Virtual Microscope

The Open University virtual microscope collections include a full range of rock types native to Earth and beyond, plus minerals and fossils, all linked to maps and resources. Rocks can be viewed as hand specimens and under an interactive online microscope.

Teaching Resources from

Activities and lesson plans that can easily be modified for the classroom. Topics include astronomy, earthquakes and volcanoes, plate tectonics, erosion, water, maps, rocks and minerals, and weather.

Minerals education resources database

A collection of schools resources for ages from 4-17 from the Minerals Education Coalition, organised by (US) grade and topic. Topics include careers in mining, the rock cycle, natural resources including an interactive periodic table, and mine reclamation / environmental issues.