Explain the need for conserving our mineral resources. Give three methods of conserving mineral resources.
Need for Conserving Mineral Resource
Industry and agriculture are much dependent on mineral deposits and the substances manufactured , from them. Since, they take millions of years to be replenished and are depleting because of the rapid consumption, therefore they need to be conserved.
The rate of formation of mineral resources is much smaller than their current rates of consumption.
Methods for Conserving Mineral Resources
(i) We should plan our use of these resources in a sustainable manner.
(ii) We should improve our technologies to use lower grade ores at lower costs.
(iii) Recycling of metals, using scrap metals and other non-mineral substitutes should be employed where feasible.