The National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association has a new interactive map that shows how much aggregate is produced in each state as well as the number of mines and people that it takes to produce these products. Some of the uses for these materials are visible such as bridges and roads while others are harder to spot such as the amount of limestone in toothpaste:

“It has been estimated that every American will need about 1.18 million pounds of stone, sand and gravel in their lifetimes,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president. “Aggregates aren’t just found in roads and bridges. They make up the concrete in our foundations, the shingles on the roof and everywhere in between, like the wallboard, tile, glass and plaster.”

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