While understanding how rocks form is important, certain rocks, minerals, and ores have uses in everyday life. Gold in jewelry, lithium for batteries, and copper for piping are just some examples of the uses of natural materials. To remove these minerals or rocks from the Earth, they must be mined. Arizona has a long history of mining. While mining provides opportunities to make money, there are also many costs to the environment—namely pollution and habitat destruction. This gallery presents images from the history of Arizona mining.