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What Things Are Made Of by Richard Ingram Gibson

What Things Are Made Of

by Richard Ingram Gibson

312 pages
America's global dependency for nearly everything.

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About the Book
The United States relies on imports for dozens of commodities in everyday use. Often enough, that reliance is 100%. This book provides awareness of the hidden geology and mineralogy behind common things, and develops an appreciation for the global resource distribution that underpins our society. While concerns about oil import reliance are in the news every day, our needs for other minerals are comparable and are typically unknown even to technologically aware Americans.

Gold, copper, talc, europium, salt, natural gas and kidney stones each has a complex tale to tell. Rocks are books, and minerals punctuate the pages with riches to lure miners and businessmen to the far corners of the planet.

This book blends history, technology, mineralogy, and geology into the current-events story behind the origin of the building blocks of cars, cell phones, cosmetics, houses, and much more.



About the Author
Richard I. Gibson is a consulting geologist and historian. His career has ranged from kidney stone mineralogy to oil exploration around the world, spanning more than 35 years. As a geological educator hes taught college-level field geology, entertained school children and informed participants on Smithsonian Journeys.



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