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. 

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

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Year Published: 2004

Common clay and shale

Part of the 2003 industrial minerals review. The legislation, production, and consumption of common clay and shale are discussed. The average prices of the material and outlook for the market are provided.

Virta, R.L.
Common clay and shale; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Fire clay

Seven companies mined fire clay in four states during 2003. From 1984 to 1992, production declined to 383 kt (422,000 st) from a high of 1.04 Mt (1.14 million st) as markets for clay-based refractories declined. Since 1992, production levels have been erratic, ranging from 383 kt (422,000 st) in 1992 and 2001 to 583 kt (642,000 st) in 1995....

Virta, R.L.
Fire clay; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Fluorspar

Supply and demand data for fluorspar are provided. Industry developments and the outlook for 2005 are discussed.

Miller, M.
Fluorspar; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Miller, M.

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Gemstones

Part of the 2003 industrial minerals review. Supply and demand data for gemstones are provided. Industry developments and the outlook for 2004 are discussed.

Olson, D.W.
Gemstones; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Olson, D. W.

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Industrial diamond

Part of the 2003 industrial minerals review. Supply and demand data for industrial diamond are provided. Topics discussed are consumption, prices, imports and exports, government stockpiles, and the outlook for 2004.

Olson, D.W.
Industrial diamond; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Olson, D. W.

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Industrial garnet

Supply and demand data for industrial garnet are provided. Topics discussed are production, consumption, prices, foreign trade, and the outlook for 2004.

Olson, D.W.
Industrial garnet; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Olson, D. W.

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Kaolin

Part of the 2003 industrial minerals review. Supply and demand data for kaolin are provided. Topics discussed are consumption and prices, industry news, foreign trade, and the outlook for 2004.

Virta, R.L.
Kaolin; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Magnesium compounds

Dead-burned and caustic-calcined magnesias were recovered from seawater by Premier Chemicals in Florida; from well brines in Michigan by Dow Chemical, Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties, and Rohm & Haas; and from magnesite in Nevada by Premier Chemicals. Reilly Industries and Great Salt Lake Minerals recovered magnesium chloride brines from...

Kramer, D.A.
Magnesium compounds; 2004; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Kramer, D. A.

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Mineral of the month: gypsum

The earliest known use of gypsum as a building material was in Anatolia (in what is now Turkey) around 6000 B.C. It has been found on the interiors of the great pyramids in Egypt, which were erected in about 3700 B.C. Now an average new American home contains more than 7 metric tons of gypsum in the form of more than 6,000 square feet of wallboard.

Founie, Alan
Mineral of the month: gypsum; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Founie, Alan

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Mineral of the month: indium

Indium was discovered in Germany in 1863. Although it is a lustrous silver-white color, the finders named the new material for the “indigo” spectral lines the mineral created on the spectrograph. Indium ranks 61st in abundance in Earth’s crust and is about three times more abundant than silver or mercury.

George, Micheal W.
Mineral of the month: indium; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; George, Micheal W.

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Mineral of the month: titanium

From paint to airplanes, titanium is important in a number of applications. Commercial production comes from titanium-bearing ilmenite, rutile and leucoxene (altered ilmenite). These minerals are used to produce titanium dioxide pigment, as well as an assortment of metal and chemical products.

Gambogi, Joseph
Mineral of the month: titanium; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Gambogi, Joseph

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Mineral resource of the month: clays

Clays represent one of the largest mineral commodities in the world in terms of mineral and rock production and use. Many people, however, do not recognize that clays are used in an amazingly wide variety of applications. Use continues to increase worldwide as populations and their associated needs increase. Robert Virta, clay and shale commodity...

Virta, Robert
Mineral resource of the month: clays; 2004; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Virta, Robert