High-tech Applications of Rocks and Minerals

The coffee cup and toothpaste we use in the morning, our cars, our electronic gadgets and the windows we gaze through are all derived from minerals.

As well as theses everyday uses, many crystals have unusual properties that can be altered to be useful for high-tech applications. For example, superconductors, lasers, molecular sieves and high-temperature ceramics have been developed from natural crystals.

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