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Science Picks-Leads, Feeds and Story Seeds (June 2003)

dence Day, Americans are drawn to spectacular fireworks displays. But what makes the colors, lights, and sounds so vivid? Each color in a fireworks display is produced by a specific mineral compound. Bright greens are from barium; blues come from copper; and yellow requires sodium. More colors result by mixing compounds. The role of minerals in fireworks is just one example of our societys growing reliance on minerals for making things from automobiles to toothpaste. Wanna know more? Visit http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals to learn about the USGS statistics on production, trade, and resources for about 90 mineral commodities from around the world. For fun facts see: http://minerals.usgs.gov/west/factfaq.shtml. Diane Noserale, dnoseral@usgs.gov, 703-648-4333.


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