Below is a selected list of commonly used metallic and nonmetallic minerals, ore minerals, mineral byproducts, aggregates, and rock types that are used to make products we use in our daily life.
The remainder is used in ceramics, paints, catalysts, and a variety of minor applications. It has replaced toxic lead in many applications such as plumbing, bullets, birdshot, metal alloys, and soldering.
Bismuth compounds are used in stomach-upset medicines (hence the trademarked name Pepto-Bismol), treatment of stomach ulcers, soothing creams, and cosmetics.
Bismuth is used in a number of very different applications.
The majority is consumed in bismuth alloys, and in pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
Asbestos is a class of minerals that can be readily separated into thin, strong fibers that are flexible, heat resistant, and chemically inert.