National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of Tennessee

Statistics and information on the nonfuel mineral commodities produced in Tennessee

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

2016-2017 data for Tennessee are summarized in the table on this web page. The 2015 chapter data tables (XLS) and 2014 chapter containing text and data tables in PDF and XLS formats are available, with other years, through the links below.

Sources of information

Tennessee leads in ball clay production and is a major producer of dimension stone (marble/sandstone) and zinc (cadmium, germanium byproducts). It produces cement, common clay, construction/industrial sand/gravel, gemstones, lime, & montmorillonite

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 - Tennessee chapters

The following data table gives nonfuel mineral commodity production data for Tennessee extracted from Table 5 in the 2017 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Tennessee1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands) 2017 Quantity 2017 Value (thousands)
Clay, ball thousand metric tons (1000 t) 892r 32,800r 911 46,700
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 7,450 57,500 7,340 55,900
Sand and gravel, industrial 1000 t 1,570 48,500 1,500 56,400
Stone, crushed 1000 t 43,700r 550,000r 45,600 589,000
Stone, dimension 1000 t 57 9,840 46 8,530
Combined values of cadmium, cement, clay (common clay and (or) shale) and montmorillonite), gemstones (natural), lime, salt, zinc   XX 340,000 XX 475,000
Total   XX 1,040,000r XX 1,230,000

rRevised. XX Not applicable.

1Includes data from the commodity chapters published in the Minerals Yearbook as they were completed and released through December 2020.

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. Mine output measured as sold or used by producers is primarily shown in the tables, because values can be assigned. Where sold or used data are not available, actual mine output is used as the production measurement and value is estimated average price of the mineral commodity for that year. Data are reported in gross weight unless otherwise specified.

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Robert M Callaghan

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

Madan M Singh

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