Conservation of Minerals
Mineral and Power Resources of Class 8
Minerals are a non-renewable resource. The rate of formation is much smaller than the rate at which the humans consume these minerals. It is necessary to reduce wastage in the process of mining. Recycling of metals is another way in which the mineral resources can be conserved.
Ways to Conserve Minerals
- Recycling - It means using discarded materials once again. Many metals like Iron, Gold, Copper and Aluminium become reusable through recycling.
- Avoid Wastage - Minerals can be conserved by using efficient methods of extraction and processing and by avoiding wastage. Saving can be done at consumption level also.
- Substitutes - In recent year's biodegradable plastics and other substitutes have been used to conserve mineral resources.