National Minerals Information Center

Publications

The Center conducts analyses of and develops information on minerals-related issues, including minerals conservation, sustainability, availability, materials flow, and the economic health of the U.S. minerals industry. 

Key Publications

Historical and Time Series Data

Historical and Time Series Data

A compilation of data on mineral production, imports, exports, stocks, reported and apparent consumption publications.

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Periodic Publications

Periodic Publications

A subset of our monthly, quarterly, and annual publications

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Special Publications

Special Publications

Fact Sheets - Short introductions to mineral commodities, materials flow, and supply chain topics

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Year Published: 2017

Vanadium

Vanadium is used primarily in the production of steel alloys; as a catalyst for the chemical industry; in the making of ceramics, glasses, and pigments; and in vanadium redox-flow batteries (VRBs) for large-scale storage of electricity. World vanadium resources in 2012 were estimated to be 63 million metric tons, which include about 14 million...

Schulz, Klaus J.; DeYoung,, John H.; Seal, Robert R.; Bradley, Dwight C.; Kelley, Karen D.; Scott, Clint; Polyak, Désirée E.; Kimball, Bryn E.
Kelley, K.D., Scott, C.T., Polyak, D.E., and Kimball, B.E., 2017, Vanadium, chap. U of Schulz, K.J., DeYoung, J.H., Jr., Seal, R.R., II, and Bradley, D.C., eds., Critical mineral resources of the United States—Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1802, p. U1–U36, https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1802U.

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Assessment of critical minerals: Updated application of an early-warning screening methodology

Increasing reliance on non-renewable mineral resources reinforces the need for identifying potential supply constraints before they occur. The US National Science and Technology Council recently released a report that outlines a methodology for screening potentially critical minerals based on three indicators: supply risk (R), production growth (G...

McCullough, Erin A.; Nassar, Nedal

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Use of raw materials in the United States from 1900 through 2014

The economic growth of an industrialized nation such as the United States requires raw materials for construction (buildings, bridges, highways, and so forth), defense, and processing and manufacture of goods and services. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the types and quantities of raw materials used have increased and changed...

Matos, Grecia R.
Matos, G.R., 2017, Use of raw materials in the United States from 1900 through 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3062, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173062. [Supersedes Fact Sheet 2012–3140.]

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Minor metals and renewable energy—Diversifying America’s energy sources

Solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbine technologies are projected to make up an increasing proportion of electricity generation capacity in the United States in the coming decades. By 2050, they will account for 36 percent (or 566 gigawatts) of capacity compared with about 11 percent (or 118 gigawatts) in 2016 (fig. 1; EIA, 2017). There are...

Singerling, Sheryl A.; Nassar, Nedal T.
Singerling, S.A., and Nassar, N.T., 2017, Minor metals and renewable energy—Diversifying America’s energy sources: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3061, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173061.

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Compilation of geospatial data for the mineral industries and related infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean

This report describes the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) ongoing commitment to its mission of understanding the nature and distribution of global mineral commodity supply chains by updating and publishing the georeferenced locations of mineral commodity production and processing facilities, mineral exploration and development sites, and mineral...

Baker, Michael S.; Buteyn, Spencer D.; Freeman, Philip A.; Trippi, Michael H.; Trimmer III, Loyd M.
Baker, M.S., Buteyn, S.D., Freeman, P.A., Trippi, M.H., and Trimmer, L.M., III, 2017, Compilation of geospatial data for the mineral industries and related infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1079, 87 p., 1 geodatabase and 1 geospatial PDF map, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171079.

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Borates, 2016

No abstract available.

Crangle, Robert

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Gypsum, 2016

No abstract available.

Crangle, Robert

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Estimates of immediate effects on world markets of a hypothetical disruption to Russia’s supply of six mineral commodities

The potential immediate effects of a hypothetical shock to Russia’s supply of selected mineral commodities on the world market and on individual countries were determined and monetized (in 2014 U.S. dollars). The mineral commodities considered were aluminum (refined primary), nickel (refined primary), palladium (refined) and platinum (refined),...

Safirova, Elena; Barry, James J.; Hastorun, Sinan; Matos, Grecia R.; Perez, Alberto Alexander; Bedinger, George M.; Bray, E. Lee; Jasinski, Stephen M.; Kuck, Peter H.; Loferski, Patricia J.
Safirova, Elena, Barry, J.J., Hastorun, Sinan, Matos, G.R., and Perez, A.A., with contributions from Bedinger, G.M., Bray, E.L., Jasinski, S.M., Kuck, P.H., and Loferski, P.J., 2017, Estimates of immediate effects on world markets of a hypothetical disruption to Russia’s supply of six mineral commodities: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1023, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171023.

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Global nonfuel mineral exploration trends 2001-2015

The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Minerals Information Center (NMIC) is to collect, analyze and disseminate information on the domestic and international supply of and demand for minerals and mineral materials essential to the U.S. economy and national security. Understanding mineral exploration activities and trends...

Karl, Nick; Wilburn, David R.

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Mineral commodity summaries 2017

This report is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering 2016 nonfuel mineral industry data. Data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for more than 90 individual minerals and materials.

Ober, Joyce A.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2017, Mineral commodity summaries 2017: U.S. Geological Survey, 202 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/70180197.

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Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Tin processing plants, a critical part of the tin supply chain

Summary The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) analyzes mineral and metal supply chains to identify and describe major components of material flows from ore extraction, through intermediate forms, to a final product. Supply chain analyses may be used (1) to identify risks to the United States associated with the supply of critical and strategic...

Anderson, Charles
Anderson, Charles, 2017, Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Tin processing plants, a critical part of the tin supply chain (ver. 2.1, February 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3022, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153022.

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Year Published: 2016

Mineral resources: Reserves, peak production and the future

The adequacy of mineral resources in light of population growth and rising standards of living has been a concern since the time of Malthus (1798), but many studies erroneously forecast impending peak production or exhaustion because they confuse reserves with “all there is”. Reserves are formally defined as a subset of resources, and even current...

Meinert, Lawrence D.; Robinson, Gilpin; Nassar, Nedal
Meinert, L.D.; Robinson, G.R.; Nassar, N.T. Mineral Resources: Reserves, Peak Production and the Future. Resources 2016, 5, 14.