The contribution of minerals in our lives
The mining industry is a productive sector for which there are many different views worldwide. Even in Greece, where the subsoil is acknowledged to be rich in minerals, limited knowledge about the contribution of the sector to our society makes its recognition harder.
The truth is that since their creation, humans have advanced with the help of minerals.
Minerals such as gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper play a crucial part in our lives even if we are unaware. They affect our life in many ways by being an integrated part of every day life through many fields such as medicine, construction, communications, transportation and energy.
Lets learn more about the world of minerals:
Almost all the gold on Earth comes from comets and asteroids that bombarded our planet 4 billion years ago. The most innovative essential application of gold is in medicine. With gold, cancer can be fought thanks to new therapies that combine nanotechnology and lasers, harming only the cancer cells and leaving healthy tissues unaffected. Thanks to its high conductivity, it is an essential mineral in many of our daily appliances, such as computers, TVs, smartphones, white appliances, touch screens and flash memories.
The best electricity conductor after silver, especially resistant to corrosion and scalability, with a high thermal conductivity and antimicrobial attributes, copper is the first metal than humans used 10,000 years ago. Almost its entire production, specifically two thirds of it, is used in electric applications. In cables of domestic or industrial type, inside appliances and also in car cables and other transportation means. The digital world is based on copper, since it is necessary for producing printed circuits, microchips and processors for “smart” devices that are an essential part of daily life.
Lead is often used in construction, while it enforces aircraft fuel, a fact that makes it necessary for modern transportation and the modern way of life. It fuels our car with energy and constitutes the basic part of batteries of any type. It is found in latest tech batteries that are innovative, reliable and sustainable and store energy from wind and solar farms.
A heavy, rare and very shiny mineral we live with is silver. The most well known use of silver is in coins from antiquity until modern times. It belongs to the family of precious metals, which is why many use it as a savings mean, since it retains its value in times of economic hardship. Thanks to its antibacterial attributes, we use it daily in detergents and deodorants, while it is the basic material in jewelry.
On the other hand, zinc is a really enduring metal with non-corrosive attributes, necessary for galvanizing iron, valuable for the human organism and its immune system. One of its most widespread and useful forms is that of the oxide. It is found in plenty of products such as cosmetics,
sun screens, children lotions, soaps and makeup among others. Its contribution is especially important for protecting the immune system, while its administration saves thousands of lives daily in underdeveloped countries.
Growing the economy
What has been mentioned above is only a part of the daily uses of minerals. We have organized our life based on them and the present would be radically different without their presence.
A vital prerequisite for their exploitation is mining, which is conducted with responsibility, respect to environmental law and human life. This is what the global mining sector supports, focused on the sustainable exploitation of mineral resources.
These are the principles of mineral company Hellas Gold, a subsidiary of Canadian Eldorado Gold, which continues a 25 century long history in the Cassandra mines of Halkidiki, turning them into a local and national growth lever.
It is an investment that employs 2,000 people and surpasses 1 billion dollars, providing 5 million Euros of income for the Greek state and 150 million to suppliers annually, 185 million of which were directed to Greek suppliers in 2017.
The responsible exploitation of Greece’s mineral wealth contributes greatly to employment, economic growth and social wellbeing not only on a national, but on a local level as well. As proud members of the local community in Halkidiki, Hellas Gold invests in its longterm cooperation with its neighbors in order to contribute to the region’s sustainable development.
From 2012 it has invested over 20 million Euros for developing infrastructure in tourism, education, social and environmental care, culture and sports in the region.
Moreover, by supporting local employment and the economy, it essentially helps improve quality of life for inhabitants of NE Halkidiki.