The United States relies on imports for dozens of commodities in everyday use.Often enough, that reliance is 100%. In this book I aim to provide awareness of the hidden geology and mineralogy behind common things, and to develop an appreciation for the global resource distribution that underpins our society. While concerns about oil import reliance are in the news every day, our needs for other minerals are comparable and are typically unknown even to technologically aware Americans.
For the three or four of you who are chomping at the bit for What Things Are Made Of to come out, here’s a quick update. It’s almost done. 92,000 words, about 320 pages laid out as a 6x9 paperback. I still have to complete the references, index, and one annoying section in Chapter 7. Then I have to evaluate print-on-demand shops and figure out e-pub formats and make some decisions. I’m anticipating January or February 2011 for an availability date.