Amazing Mining Facts

Amazing Mining Facts

WISE COUNTY, VA - APRIL 16: An explosive is detonated at an A & G Coal Corporation surface mining operation in the Appalachian Mountains on April 16, 2012 in Wise County, Virginia. Critics refer to this type of mining as 'mountaintop removal mining' which has destroyed 500 mountain peaks and at least 1,200 miles of streams while leading to increased flooding. The Appalachians are some of the oldest mountains on Earth. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

While we may not often think about it, the practice of mining affects all of our daily lives. From the cars we drive, to the cell phones we use, the utensils we eat with, and the money we spend – all of these things rely on the extraction of valuable minerals, metals and resources from the earth.

Mining has been the building blocks for many civilizations, with our ancestors using stone, ceramics and, later, metals to make tools and weapons for hunting and fighting. The oldest known mine on archaeological record is the “Lion Cave” located in Swaziland, which is estimated to be around 43,000 years old!

Today there are literally thousands of mines operating worldwide, extracting all kinds of valuable resources used to make the everyday products that we’ve come to rely on. As a virtual data room provider used by mining & resources companies around the globe, Firmex thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the industry. Here are 10 mining facts that will blow your mind!