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Mining provides us with minerals, metals and other materials we use every day and the fuel used to generate electricity.
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Have you ever seen the Opening Ceremony for an Olympic Games on television? If so, you will probably realise it’s one of the most exciting, memorable and entertaining aspects of the Games, with fireworks, laser shows and amazing dances and other whiz-bang performances.
Minerals can be identified based on their physical properties.
Image courtesy of the Geological Survey of Western Australia, Department of Mines and Petroleum © State of Western Australia 2011.
Magnesium is used as an alloying agent to make aluminium magnesium alloys, and processed to make magnesium powder which is used in the manufacturing of fireworks and marine flares.