The search for better materials for energy production and construction has placed Nevada in the limelight of worldwide industrial mining. The diversity of minerals found in Nevada allow humans to power rechargeable batteries, construct ceiling tiles, insulate our homes, and more. Compared to the boom and bust days of gold and silver mining, current mining practices in Nevada provide a more stable industry.

On exhibit are specimens of Lithium, which is used in rechargeable batteries; Perlite, a component commonly used in construction materials such as bricks and insulation; Magnesium, important in manufacturing concrete; and Barite, which cools drill bits used in gas exploration, and is used as pigment for paints.