National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of Montana

Statistics and information on the nonfuel mineral commodities produced in Montana

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

The 2014 Montana chapter containing text and data tables is available in PDF and XLS formats. Other years are available throught the links below, and 2015-2016 data are presented in the table.

Sources of information

Montana is the only producer of palladium & platinum. Leads in talc production & is a major producer of copper/molybdenum, garnets, silver. It produces bentonite, common clays, construction sand/gravel, crushed/dimension stone, gold, lime, gemstones.

Statistical Summary

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use

Mineral Commodity Summaries

Mineral Industry Surveys

Minerals Yearbook Volume I -- Metals and Minerals

Mineral Yearbook Volume II - Montana chapters

The following data table gives nonfuel mineral commodity production data for Montana extracted from Table 5 in the 2016 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Montana1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2015 Quantity 2015 Quantity 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands)
Gemstones, naturale   NA 583 NA 600
Palladium4 kilograms (kg) 12,500 280,000 13,100 259,000
Platinum4 kg 3,670 125,000 3,890 124,000
Sand and gravel, construction thousand metric tons (1000 t) 12,100r 92,300r 11,400 91,600
Stone, crushed 1000 t 2,820r 28,200r 2,800 25,700
Stone, dimension 1000 t 24 1,970 W W
Combined values of cement, clay (bentonite and common clay), copper, garnet (industrial), gold, lime, molybdenum  mineral concentrates, rhenium, silver, talc (crude), and values indicated by symbol W   XX 484,000 XX 404,000
Total   XX 1,010,000r XX 905,000

eEstimated. rRevised. NA Not available. XX Not applicable. W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data. -- Zero.

1Includes data from the commodity chapters published in the Minerals Yearbook as they were completed and released through March 2019.

2Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production (including consumption by producers).

3Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.

4Recoverable content of ores and concentrates.

Minerals Yearbook Volume II Montana chapters:

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Madan M Singh

State Mineral Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
Phone: 703-648-4916

Robert M Callaghan

State Mineral Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
Phone: 703-648-7709