Explosives are the great multipliers of humankind's energy and the executors of our ideas. Historically, explosives helped open the wilderness and build America. Without explosives the transcontinental railroad, the steel industry and the modern city could not have been built so soon or so well.
Without explosives we would not have experienced the prolific development of electronics and household appliances we have come to take for granted. Explosives make it economically possible to recover metals from the earth such as copper, silver and gold in quantities necessary to make electronic components available to every household. Imagine a business or household without appliances, cell phones, personal computers, or motor vehicles.
The explosives industry plays an integral part in providing electric power, flood control, water treatment facilities, environmental improvements, navigable waterways, airport construction, wildlife management programs, avalanche control, irrigation and soil improvement projects and much more.
Undoubtedly, you have used some of the products made possible by the use of explosives, including:
coal, granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, slate, fluorite, gold, silver, copper, gypsum, zinc, lead
aluminum, bauxite, gem stones, iron, phosphate, clay, magnesium, molybdenum, beryllium
uranium, sand, gravel, talc, toothpaste, cosmetics, medicines and salt.
From the tooth paste you use in the morning to the salt on your evening meal, it's easy to take for granted the many products brought to us with explosives.
In fact, Americans born today will require 3.6 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels in a lifetime. Explosives have no substitute in the modern world. Without them, the pace of progress would slacken. In an era dependent upon power for continued progress, explosives will continue to play a vital role.
IME has developed a brochure highlighting some of these benefits and servces
Indeed, Explosives Do Make Most Things Possible