Everyone knows at least one mineral and its application. In that case, one would need to know some of the most commonly used minerals. Antimony is one of the metals used in the creation of batteries used in grid power storage. Asbestos is yet another mineral used in industries for its fire retarding properties. Barium on the other hand is known for its use in x-ray technology, rubber and glass making, fireworks as well as making rat poison.
Bauxite is yet another industrial mineral that is used on the ore of aluminum. Beryllium is another type of industrial mineral used in fluorescent lights as well as in X-rays. In a case where one needs chrome finishes, chromite is one of the best minerals. Cobalt is yet another mineral known for its blue color and is popular in the glass industry.
Tantalite is also very applicable in making automotive systems, health products among other products in the world of technology. Copper is applicable in making of currency, jewelry, in plumbing as well as in the electricity field. Industries dealing with building materials tend to highly depend on feldspar. Gold is known for its beauty and is very common in dentistry, jewelry as well as in making other high end items. Gypsum as many uses which include road construction and fertilizers while halite is known for making some acids, softening of water, melting of ice during winter, seasoning of food as well as in fire extinguishing. Iron ore as well is known for its application in the auto industry while lead is known in making pencil, makeup, paint, and utensils.
Lithium is yet another mineral used in making of batteries and common in the electric cars technology. Manganese is commonly used in making of steel. Mica is used whenever there is need putting a sparkle on any rock. Molybdenum is as well as its own set of uses. Nickel is commonly used in making utensils, currency as well as jewelry. Platinum is known as one of the expensive minerals and very applicable in making jewelry. Phosphate is another mineral widely used for all life on earth while potash is used on making fertilizer as well as food products.
Pyrite is also known for making jewelry. Quartz also known as silica is used in making glass, concrete, watches, as well as scientific instruments. Quartz is used in making semiconductor. Silver is known for making medicine as well as in making jewelry. One would also need to note that sodium is another mineral used in making detergent, paper and glass making. Other known minerals include stibnite, sulfur, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, zeolite and zinc.