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.

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.

Aggregates by State and End Use, 1971-2015

Statistical Summary

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 2015 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Montana1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2014 Quantity 2014 Quantity 2015 Quantity 2015 Value (thousands)
Gemstones, naturale   NA 544 NA 583
Palladium4 kilograms (kg) 12,400 324,000 12,500 280,000
Platinum4 kg 3,660 163,000 3,670 125,000
Sand and gravel, construction thousand metric tons (1000 t) 10,900r 89,600r 11,900 90,900
Stone, crushed 1000 t 2,910 26,000 2,790 28,000
Stone, dimension 1000 t 28 1,970 24 1,000
Combined values of cement, clay (bentonite and common), copper, garnet (industrial), gold, iodine, lime, molybdenum    XX 566,000r XX 484,000
Total   XX 1,170,000r XX 1,010,000

eEstimated. rRevised. NA Not available. XX Not applicable. -- Zero.

1Includes data from the commodity chapters published in the Minerals Yearbook as they were completed and released through June 2018.

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.

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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