BLDGBLOG brings our awareness back to the mineral origins of the materials all around us.

Our world has gotten to a level of complexity where it probably isn't in the best interest of our mental wellbeing to unpack the origins of the everyday objects around us, less the complicated interleavings leave us bewildered.

But as Geoff Manaugh points out, if one does pause to do so, the revelations can be spectacular. Such as learning that the tiles which protect the NASA space shuttle have their origin in the mineral rich mines of humble Cornwall, South West England. BLDGBLOG reports:

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