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Crude Materials: Definition, Categorization & Examples

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson will define crude materials. You'll also learn about the different categories of crude materials as well as numerous examples of crude materials and their eventual potential uses.

What are Crude Materials?

We've all bought some pretty crude products or eaten some pretty crude food. But that kind of crude has nothing to do with actual crude materials. In fact, unless you are a manufacturer, producer, reseller, or speculator it's unlikely that you are making, or buying, or selling many of these crude materials on a regular basis.

Crude materials are products that have not undergone any manufacturing, processing, or fabrication, are not meant to be directly sold to consumers, and are just now entering a market.

Let's go over some of the many categories of crude materials and examples of each.

Non-Living Crude Materials

When many of us think of crude materials, we probably think of fuels like crude oil, natural gas, or coal that we use to derive energy. Without these crude materials our homes wouldn't have electricity, and our cars wouldn't have any gas.

Crude oil is the stereotypical crude material.
Crude oil is the stereotypical crude material.

Or, perhaps you think of crude materials like metals, including ores of silver, gold, lead, iron, and copper which can be turned into everything from jewelry to piping to electric wiring, depending on the type of metal, of course.

Another really commonly thought of crude material category is nonmetallic minerals, like gravel, crushed stone, and sand. They can be used to build roads, sidewalks, and buildings among other things!

Perhaps you didn't think of any of those, and you thought of crude chemicals, like paints that aren't for household use or other chemicals used for manufacturing glass, alloys, timber products and much more that you wouldn't find at the local Home Depot (they're kind of dangerous).

A couple of other probably self-evident categories of crude materials are wood products such as lumber and derivatives thereof like logs, pulp, and paper, and rubber, which can be used for everything from tires to shoes.

Living Crude Materials

Of course, those were all low-hanging fruit examples of crude materials. The other categories aren't as readily obvious. Did you ever think of living things or their products as crude materials? For instance, farm products like fruits and vegetables as well as actual livestock and their products like milk and eggs.

Livestock are the less obvious kinds of crude materials.
Livestock are the less obvious kinds of crude materials.

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