What is the most important mineral we use?

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What is the most important mineral we use?
Randall Plagmann
Geology 1170-002

What is the most important mineral we use?
The principal aim of this study is to establish the most critical mineral utilized by people. The research is centered on the possibilities presented by the understanding of the metal to do more diversification of its uses, develop ways of using it better, and possibly prevent the extinction of the mineral in the long run. The findings from the study would also allow the understanding of many other valuable minerals used by humans. This is probably mostly if the metal discovered to be most important occurs in ores with other minerals. The research would also decrease the efforts to encourage more people to use the crystal recognized.
The use of minerals by humans has been existing in the world since both in the industrial and the information ages. The study of fossils would form a campus into the understanding of how they affect various earth processes and rock formations, their response to chemical, physical, and biological procedures. Their utility as raw materials in the manufacturing and processing industries, how they form the basis of history. Their benefit when used by humans nutrition, if any, their utility in academia through the study of geosciences, their societal and environmental value, and how fun can be derived from minerals through such acts as coloring, decoration, and jewelry.
The people who principally stand to gain from this research proposal are those in the manufacturing and processing industries that utilize minerals as raw materials. Patients with various dietetic needs, those trading in ornaments and jewelry making, historians and archeologists who use crystals trace historical phenomenon, academicians whose study tools are essential minerals. And environmentalists, whose main area of concern lies in the mineral and mining industry. This full assessment of all these needs critical analysis to ensure that all the study strategies are met. The audiences, therefore, require knowing the cost of mining and mineral processing investment, the impact on the environment, economy, and the society at large, and also the cost-benefit analysis when other considerations are factored in. By observing the growth and success of mining and mineral exploitation as well as their challenges, the concerned experts will be able to know the exact mechanisms to employ and which ones not to. To conclude the project, the research will utilize both primary and secondary sources.
1. Research Question
What is the essential mineral used by humans?
How does the mining and exploitation of the mineral affect the economic, social, and environmental aspects of life?
1. Secondary Sources
Secondary sources of journal articles. Nevertheless, sources from books and the internet will also be used. The origins of reference to be used will mainly focus on the information concerning the use of minerals over time, their various applications,
A questionnaire will be used to collect data from ordinary people, employees at mines and mineral industries, academicians, and historians. The research will use a total of fifty questionnaires, which will be distributed among the study groups. The critical questions to be asked include the utility of various types of minerals, challenges faced in exploitation, and the associated social, economic, and environmental effects.
1. Interview
Both closed and open-ended interviews will be deployed in the research. Ordinary people, employees at mines and mineral industries, academicians and historians will be interviewed as well as other participants who are unable to fill the questionnaires.
This topic is active as it touches on a significant aspect of utility by humans. With the increased changes in industrialization and human dietetics, there is a need to understand more about minerals. This is possible through intensive research.
Work schedule
The research is done based on the boundaries of the various sections of the proposal. In the first week, online research on the nature of the project is done to get its viability and potential impact on the associated aspects of life, and the possible requirements to carry it out. Organization of material and creation of an outline is done the second week before embarking on the research in the third week. In the fourth week, the data collected during the study should be evaluated using appropriate methods to enable the making of the right conclusions.

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