Take another quiz >

Metals by Total Mined Value

Name the metals with the greatest value of mined production every year.
We are looking for elements, even though most of these are mined as ore
If you don't think these are metals, look it up!
Quiz by Quizmaster
Rate:
First submittedFebruary 1, 2018
Last updatedFebruary 1, 2018
Times taken8,643
Rating4.39
4:00
Enter answer here
0
 / 16 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
Value
Metal
$170 bil
Gold
$115 bil
Iron
$91 bil
Copper
$90 bil
Aluminum
$34 bil
Zinc
$30 bil
Manganese
$22 bil
Lead
$21 bil
Nickel
Value
Metal
$20 bil
Silver
$14 bil
Titanium
$8 bil
Platinum
$7 bil
Tin
$6 bil
Palladium
$5 bil
Molybdenum
$4 bil
Uranium
$3 bil
Lithium
+8
level 60
Jan 31, 2018
I got Manganese, but not Silver...
+4
level 85
Jan 31, 2018
More curious facts. Quizz was done by the Quizmaster by February 01st, 2018. And both your and my comment, are written on Jan 31st.
+7
level 76
Feb 1, 2018
Probably it was updated after you commented.
+1
level 63
Feb 1, 2018
I don't know, though I have subscribed, several hundred people have always taken the quiz before it reaches me in India.
+11
level 67
Feb 1, 2018
Get a new postman.
+2
level 57
Sep 23, 2018
@brandybuck, think about it. If that were the case how would Tomasmental know?
+2
level 73
Mar 3, 2019
Is manganese what Japanese comic books are made out of?
+1
level 76
Feb 1, 2018
Looks like I'm the first to get 100%!
+2
level 71
Feb 1, 2018
Greetings from the happy country of Lithium!
+2
level 71
Feb 1, 2018
How can I be the only one that's noticed?
+2
level 71
Feb 1, 2018
You,re not, I noticed while taking the quiz too. Quite puzzling.
+2
level 69
Feb 1, 2018
One more here.
+2
level 49
Feb 1, 2018
Lithium |Subtract the second I and the M Lithu |Add ania Lithuania |Country in Europe => Lithium is a country in Europe if the earth was made of metals and every country was named after an element (even though there are 196 countries versus 118 elements)
+1
level 71
Feb 1, 2018
Heh, he fixed it. But I kinda liked the whole air of mystery it lent to the quiz, ya know? // "Lithium. It's a magical place…"
+18
level 71
Feb 1, 2018
alumin i um please!
+13
level 72
Feb 1, 2018
IUPAC adopted aluminium as the standard international name for the element in 1990. It later accepted aluminum as a variant, but aluminium remains the primary spelling.
+2
level 76
Apr 24, 2018
I wish the US would change - aluminium is so much easier to say than aluminum (even if my spell-checker does flag it as incorrect.) I usually end up saying it something like "alunimuminum".
+2
level 77
Apr 24, 2018
how is it easier to say? didn't know you had a speech impediment ander
+3
level 47
Apr 24, 2018
I find "aluminum" easier to say that the hoity-toity "aluminium". I'm conflicted over which to prefer since aluminum is shorter (prefer) but other elements (e.g. lithium, beryllium) have "ium" endings. The tie-breaker is the Brits have been butchering the language worse than the Americans (cockney accent is worse than any accent in the USA) and there aren't enough Canadians PRO-cessing us so I favor "aluminum".
+2
level 63
Feb 1, 2018
+100
+1
level 60
Feb 13, 2018
still "aluminum" in the US.
+3
level 68
Apr 24, 2018
Only that US English is used on this US-based website. You are welcome to start a competing British-English (or "international"-English), if that's your cup of tea.
+1
level 77
Apr 24, 2018
It says you are an ignorant bigot, Q5. There's nothing wrong with the spelling or pronunciation favored in the US. Look up the history behind it instead of chauvinistically assuming you must be correct.
+1
level 77
Apr 24, 2018
+7
level 49
Apr 24, 2018
Yes, because of the Aluminati.
+6
level 57
Sep 23, 2018
"Aluminium" is the international standard English spelling. That spelling is used on the periodic table quizzes (I think). I am British and I use the spelling "sulfur" because it is the internationally accepted one (as opposed to "sulphur", originally the British English spelling). @kalbahamut, the spellings "emty", "magick" and "stile" predate "empty", "magic" and "style" respectively. That doesn't make them correct spellings. There is nothing wrong with the American spelling as such, but the international standard is "aluminium" now. Calling people ignorant bigots because they make a comment such as "that says a lot" in response to the USA not using internationally accepted scientific spellings and saying someone must "have a speech impediment disorder" if they find certain pronunciations easier in a way you don't seems about as bigoted as the comments you are responding to, if you don't mind my saying so.
+4
level 83
Feb 1, 2018
Why do I keep missing Zinc? I wouldn't want to live in a world without Zinc!
+1
level 69
Oct 7, 2018
Come back Zinc! Come back!!!
+10
level 78
Feb 1, 2018
Aluminium please.
+4
level 70
Feb 1, 2018
Second that! That spelling should be at least accepted
+3
level 69
Feb 1, 2018
+1 (from UK)
+5
level ∞
Feb 1, 2018
My mistake. That will work now. There is a bug in the type-ins editor that is causing a lot of this to happen. I am working on replacing the whole system.
+1
level 73
Feb 1, 2018
this must seriously affect the value of gold, surely?

Iron is useful in large quantities but as far as I know gold has very few practical uses and shouldn't hold its value if we're extracting this much annually? I know there are a few uses like coating electrical connections for improved conductivity but that must use a tiny fraction of the supply
+5
level 73
Feb 1, 2018
gold has very few practical uses

This page disagrees, though 75% is used for jewelry. But practical or not, the demand is still huge.
+1
level 66
Feb 1, 2018
Wikipedia also prefer aluminium but (of course) accept aluminum also. As everybody suggest, aluminium (the official, woldwide more frequently used version) must be accepted. For non expert non native english speakers it can be a problem. However the British English also prefer aluminium. hunjtg
+1
level 77
Apr 24, 2018
This is not true. Wikipedia officially takes the position that whatever dialect an article is written in, British English or American English, use of that dialect should be consistent throughout the article. But that doesn't mean it prefers one to the other. The overwhelming majority of articles on Wikipedia are written in American English.
+4
level 57
Nov 16, 2018
So why does the Wikipedia article for aluminium have the title spelled that way, when it is in American English?
+1
level 85
Feb 1, 2018
Cool quiz, but column heading lists "country" rather than "metal"
+2
level ∞
Feb 1, 2018
Fixed. :)
+3
level 71
Feb 1, 2018
Oh FINE, reply to HIM! ;-)
+2
level 83
Jun 22, 2018
To be fair, his comment was easier to understand.
+1
level 51
Feb 1, 2018
Out of curiosity, is diamond counted as carbon?
+3
level 71
Feb 1, 2018
Neither diamond nor carbon is a metal
+1
level 19
Feb 1, 2018
I got a hundred first try!
+2
level 69
Mar 26, 2018
Quite surprised iron isn't number one. But then again, I come from Australia and our economy is mostly based on digging up iron ore and sending it to China.
+1
level 57
Apr 24, 2018
20 seconds left, I go through the alphabet to try and think of metals, 7-8 seconds left, get to M, think Manganese, 5 seconds left, half way through typing Manganese, I think of Magnesium, abandon Manganese, and type Magnesium with a second remaining. Sigh...
+1
level 73
Apr 24, 2018
I was so proud when I came up with molybdenium... Damn you, extra "i"!
+2
level 51
Apr 24, 2018
Why was Molybdenum the first one I typed in?
+3
level 49
Apr 25, 2018
Would you accept Tool? Hard to say if it's truly metal, but many consider it to be.
+1
level 61
Jan 4, 2019
hahah
+1
level 34
May 1, 2018
I got molybdenum, but not lead...
+1
level 59
Dec 14, 2018
Someone told me that Metallica wasn't metal and I nearly flipped out.