Metallic minerals are minerals which contain one or more metallic elements in their raw form. They are usually obtained from rare, naturally formed concentrations known as mineral deposits. These deposits consist of different metallic minerals where valuable metals can be extracted.
Metallic minerals are good conductors of heat and electricity. They also have high malleability and ductility and generally have luster. Except for mercury, metallic minerals are solid at room temperature.
Metallic minerals are broken apart, melted, and processed chemically in order to extract useful metals such as copper in luzonite, iron in hematite, chromium in chromite, manganese in manganese nodules and gold which occurs as native metal among others. These minerals are important to modern society as they are used for a variety of purposes.