The production of an electric car requires 14 mined materials, including three times the amount of copper as a traditional combustion engine.
The average solar panel requires 19 metals and minerals, 14 of which can be found in Canadian mines.
Not only do wind turbines require as many as 17 metals and minerals, but approximately 100 tonnes of steelmaking coal is needed to construct an average turbine.
From gold in the electronics to carbon in the frame to lithium in the battery, more than 40 mined metals and rare earths are used to make a cell phone.
From the anti-bacterial properties of silver to platinum used in pacemakers to gold nanoparticle technology used in diagnosis and treatment, mining is at the forefront of healthcare.
Video Game Consoles
From silicon in LCD screens to boron in the processors to copper in the circuit boards, over a dozen unique mined materials are needed to power our video games.