All the World’s Metals and Minerals in One Visualization

The global economy’s appetite for materials has quadrupled since 1970, faster than the population, which only doubled. On average, each human uses more than 13 metric tons of materials per year.

This infographic visualizes the dramatic scale of 2019 non-fuel mineral production.

Visualization type: Area Chart

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All the World’s Metals and Minerals in One Visualization

All the World’s Metals and Minerals in One Visualization

We live in a material world, in that we rely on materials to make our lives better. Without even realizing it, humans consume enormous amounts of metals and minerals with every convenient food package, impressive building, and technological innovation.

Every year, the United States Geological Service (USGS) publishes commodity summaries outlining global mining statistics for over 90 individual minerals and materials. This infographic visualizes the data to reveal the dramatic scale of 2019 non-fuel mineral production.


First published: March 1, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: Mineral Commodity Summaries 2020 – USGS, University of Waterloo

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