where does most of the metal come from to make things like automobiles , etc.?

like do most metals come from mountains like the Rockies or Alps or Himilayas, Andes etc?

how does it work?

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  • 5 months ago
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    Well, this is hard to explain in a simple way. Different metals get concentrated by geological processes in different ways, and the geology of an area is pretty much the "why" for what particular minerals will be concentrated enough to make an ore deposit worthy of mining for a given metal.

    Because of that, there is a bit of "metals are where you find them" problem, and some metals are found in very high concentrations in certain areas of the world and are essentially non-existent in ore form elsewhere. As with oil (same general idea that geology is why it is found where it is found), some countries have a lot of metal resources, and some do not. Certain large countries such as the US, Canada, and Russia have a lot of mineral resources simply because they have so much land area, so ores are found within the country even if those ores are generally only concentrated in certain parts of the country.

    But the simple answer to your question is that all metals are mined: it is all dug from the ground somewhere. We dig them from the ground when the ground has a high enough concentration and a large enough total mass to make the mining effort pay (we can make money doing the job). I mean, you and I most certainly have gold (or almost any metal, truly) in our yard, for example, but the concentrations are so small that there is no point in digging it. It would cost way more to get it and purify for use than the value you could recover. Not worth the effort.

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  • 5 months ago

    Formation of stars, originally.

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  • 5 months ago

    Dig from the ground. Usually are in big quantities in some hundreds meters below surface

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  • F
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    5 months ago

    Australia is by far the biggest producer of Iron ore , followed by Brazil and China. The same countries are also the major producers of aluminium ore (bauxite), the other main metal for auto production.

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  • 5 months ago

    This is a very fascinating question......

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  • Retief
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    5 months ago
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  • 5 months ago

    There are several manufacturers of the steel used in making autos. The raw materials needed to make it come from several mines.

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  • 5 months ago

    All of earth is made up of metals in the form of ores. Those are refined into basic metals, then combined to form other exotic metals and alloys.

    Copper was one of the earliest metals, brass is made from that

    Tin has been around since BC, that is part of other metals.

    Iron is plentiful, many steels are made from that, add a little nickle, you get stainless.

    Rare metals like silver, gold, and platinum found use in electronics.

    All comes out of the ground.

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  • Bill-M
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    5 months ago

    IRON ORE mines. They are all over the place. Western Australia has some of the largest deposits of Iron Ore in the world.

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  • A lot of scrap iron comes from recycled material. Old iron and steel is melted down and new iron and steel is forged from it. The same thing goes for a lot of metals, like aluminum, tin, copper, platinum, etc... It's reclaimed, rendered down, and re-used. It's cheaper and easier to do that than to mine new ore.

    As far as ore goes, there are plenty of mines to choose from, in places you wouldn't expect. For instance, there are aluminum mines in Florida. It doesn't necessarily have to come from a mountain or from a rocky area. There are mining operations nearly everywhere.

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