The Importance of Mining
Did you know that 65 different minerals are required to produce a modern computer? Mining gives us metals, industrial materials, oil, coal and natural gas that we need to maintain our quality of life. The U.S. mining industry also contributes around 80 billion dollars to the economy!* Visit the following sites for more mining information, videos and activities.
Click here to learn more about the mines in Idaho.
Visit the Idaho Department of Lands to learn about Idaho’s mining industry.
Click here to learn about Idaho’s mining history.
Click here for mining fact sheets.
About the Idaho Mining Association
The mission of Idaho Mining Association is to serve as the voice of our members as we promote the long-term health of our industry.
Idaho mining is responsible for high-paying jobs in communities where those jobs are needed most. Our people help provide the raw materials to power, build and feed America. And we do it in a way that is sustainable and responsible for Idaho.
We are fortunate in Idaho to have a diverse mineral base. Our geology is one of this state’s most important assets, and a health mining industry helps utilize that asset over the long term.
Mining is also important for the economic health and vitality of America. Idaho mines produce materials used in a dizzying number of products, things we use every day. A strong industry is critical for keeping those products available and our economy moving.
About the National Energy Foundation
The National Energy Foundation (NEF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing energy literacy through the development, distribution and implementation of educational programs and materials. These resources relate primarily to energy, natural resources, energy efficiency and energy safety. Concepts are taught through science, math, art, technology and writing.
About the Out of the Rock Workshop
The Out of the Rock Workshop is an exciting way for kindergarten through eighth grade teachers to enhance knowledge of rocks and minerals through hands-on activities! It is sponsored by the Idaho Mining Association and conducted by the National Energy Foundation.
Participants receive rock and mineral lessons, Rock Music CD, rock posters, a gold panning kit and a rock and mineral kit with testing supplies. These resources support teaching of the Idaho Content Standards.