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Mining provides us with minerals, metals and other materials we use every day and the fuel used to generate electricity.
This fact sheet contains a number of trivia statements about the Olympics, including an A-Z of minerals and metals used in the olympics.
Have you ever ridden a bike? Maybe you own one.
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.
Some of the most exciting and historic events at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be the medal ceremonies - when winning athletes from around the world receive their gold, silver or bronze medals.
Minerals can be identified based on their physical properties.