Explain the importance of conservation of minerals

Explain the importance of conservation of minerals. Highlight any three measures to conserve them.

Answer: Importance of conservation of Minerals:

  • Mineral resources are being rapidly consumed which takes millions of years to be created and concentrated.
  • Mineral resources are finite and non-renewable
  • Continued extraction of ores leads to increasing costs as mineral extraction comes from greater depths along with decreasing quality.

The three measures to conserve minerals are:

  • It should be used in a planned a sustainable manner.
  • Improved technology needs to be constantly evolved to allow use of low grade ores at low costs.
  • Some of the metals are recyclables.
  • Scrap of metal can be used and sore other substitute can be found.