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Despite having less than $$10\%$$ of the world's population, it has an extraordinarily high proportion of the world's resource wealth. Being a continent with rich mineral resources, extraction activities, such as mining and drilling, dominate the North American economy.

Truck in quarry

Raw Gold after washing

Mining plays a vital role in the continents' economy, providing jobs to millions and contributing billions of dollars. North America is the leading producer of Iron ore, Petroleum, Natural gas, Copper, Silver, Sulphur, Zinc, Bauxite and Manganese.

Most of the gold and silver mines operate in the western part of the continent. Lead and Uranium are the other important minerals. With a significant percentage of the world’s coal and oil output and electrical power production, it possesses the deciding elements of modern industry.
The United States, Canada and Mexico are among the world top oil producers.
In the below table we see the important minerals and it's regions in the North America.