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: 2003

Nitrogen

The ammonia industry partially recovered from the effects of high natural gas prices that had closed a significant portion of the industry in 2001. Ammonia production capacity in the United States in 2002 was about 17.1 Mt (18.8 million st). About 53 percent of this capacity was centered in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas where there are large...

Kramer, D.
Nitrogen; 2003; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Kramer, D.

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Peat

Peat is a natural organic material of botanical origin and commercial significance. Peatlands are situated predominately in shallow wetland areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Commercial deposits are formed from the gradual decomposition of plant matter under anaerobic conditions over about a 5,000-year period.

Jasinski, S.M.
Peat; 2003; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Jasinski, S. M.

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Pumice and pumicite

The estimated domestic production of pumice and pumicite in 2002 was 950 kt (1.04 million st), a 3.2 percent increase compared with the revised total of 2001, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The amount of pumice and pumicite sold or used in the United States was revised for the years 1998 through 2001 in the USGS Mineral Commodity...

Bolen, W.P.
Pumice and pumicite; 2003; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Bolen, W. P.

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Strontium

Mexico and Spain are the leading producers of celestite, the most common strontium ore. Those countries produced nearly 80 percent of the estimated 360 kt (397,000 st) of celestite produced worldwide during 2002. China and Turkey are other significant celestite producers.

Ober, J.A.
Strontium; 2003; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Ober, J. A.

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Mineral resource of the month: platinum-group metals

The precious metals commonly referred to as platinum-group metals (PGM) include iridium, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhodium and ruthenium. PGM are among the rarest of elements, and their market values — particularly for palladium, platinum and rhodium — are the highest of all precious metals.

Hilliard, Henry
Mineral resource of the month: platinum-group metals; 2003; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Hilliard, Henry

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Mineral resource of the month: silicon

In the industrialized world, silicon is as ubiquitous in the objects people use every day as it is in nature. The second most abundant element in Earth’s crust and more than 25 percent of the crust by weight, silicon is one of the most useful elements to humans.

Corathers, Lisa A.
Mineral resource of the month: silicon; 2003; Article; Journal; Geotimes; Corathers, Lisa

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Mineral Commodity Summaries 2003

Published on an annual basis, this report is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering nonfuel mineral industry data. Data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for over 90 individual minerals and materials.

Mineral Commodity Summaries 2003; 2003; MINERAL; 2003; U.S. Geological Survey

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Fluorspar

In 2001, one mine in Utah produced a small quantity of fluorspar. The majority of fluorspar consumed in the United States continued to come from imports or material purchased from the US National Defense Stockpile (NDS). In addition, a small amount of synthetic fluorspar (CaF2) was produced from industrial waste streams.

Miller, M.
Fluorspar; 2002; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Miller, M.

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Gemstones

Part of a special section on industrial minerals. Gemstone production, consumption and uses, prices, imports and exports are discussed, and the future of the gemstone industry is considered.

Olson, D.W.
Gemstones; 2002; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Olson, D. W.

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Magnesium compounds

Seawater and natural brines accounted for about 60% of US magnesium compounds production in 2001. Dead-burned and caustic-calcined magnesias were recovered from seawater in Florida by Premier Chemicals. They were also recovered from Michigan well brines by Dow Chemical, Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties and Rohm & Haas. And Premier...

Kramer, D.A.
Magnesium compounds; 2002; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Kramer, D. A.

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Exploration

Exploration budgets fell for a fourth successive year in 2001. These decreases reflected low mineral commodity prices, mineral-market investment reluctance, company failures and a continued trend of company mergers and takeovers.

Wilburn, D.R.
Exploration; 2002; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Wilburn, D. R.

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Mineral Commodity Summaries 2002

Published on an annual basis, this report is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering nonfuel mineral industry data. Data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for over 90 individual minerals and materials.

Mineral Commodity Summaries 2002; 2002; MINERAL; 2002; U.S. Geological Survey