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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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: 2000

Common clay and shale

Part of the 1999 Industrial Minerals Review. The clay and shale market in 1999 is reviewed. In the U.S., sales or use of clay and shale increased from 26.4 million st in 1998 to 27.3 million st in 1999, with an estimated 1999 value of production of $143 million. These materials were used to produce structural clay products, lightweight aggregates...

Virta, R.L.
Common clay and shale; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Construction aggregates

Construction aggregates consist primarily of crushed stone and construction sand and gravel. Total estimated production of construction aggregates increased in 1999 by about 2% to 2.39 Gt (2.64 billion st) compared with 1998. This record production level continued an expansion that began in 1992. By commodities, crushed stone production increased...

Langer, W.H.; Tepordei, V.V.; Bolen, W.P.
Construction aggregates; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Langer, W. H.; Tepordei, V. V.; Bolen, W. P.

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Exploration

This summary of international nonfuel mineral exploration activities for 1999 draws upon available data from literature, industry and US Geological Survey (USGS) specialists. The report documents data on exploration budgets by region and commodity and identifies significant mineral discoveries and exploration target areas. It also discusses...

Wilburn, D.R.
Exploration; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Wilburn, D. R.

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Gemstones

Part of the 1999 Industrial Minerals Review. A review of the state of the gemstone industry worldwide in 1999 is presented. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the estimated value of natural gemstones produced from U.S. deposits in 1999 was $13.5 million. The estimated value of U.S. apparent consumption of gemstones in 1999 was $6.88 billion...

Olson, D.W.
Gemstones; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Olson, D. W.

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Industrial diamond

Part of the 1999 Industrial Minerals Review. A review of the state of the global industrial diamond industry in 1999 is presented. World consumption of industrial diamond has increased annually in recent years, with an estimated 500 million carats valued between $650 million and $800 million consumed in 1999. In 1999, the U.S. was the world's...

Olson, D.W.
Industrial diamond; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Olson, D. W.

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Industrial garnet

The state of the global industrial garnet industry in 1999 is discussed. Industrial garnet mined in the U.S., which accounts for approximately one-third of the world's total, is usually a solid-solution of almandine and pyrope. The U.S. is the largest consumer of industrial garnet, using an estimated 47,800 st in 1999 as an abrasive and as a...

Olson, D.W.
Industrial garnet; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Olson, D. W.

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Kaolin

Part of the 1998 Industrial Minerals Review. Activities in the kaolin industry in 1999 are reviewed. U.S. production of kaolin in 1999 was estimated to be 10.7 million st, an increase of 0.3 million st from the previous year. The paper industry is the largest user of kaolin, accounting for 59 percent of domestic sales. Company activities,...

Virta, R.L.
Kaolin; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Peat

The United States continued to be significant producer and consumer of peat for horticultural and industrial applications in 1999. Florida, Michigan and Minnesota were the largest producing states, in order of output.

Jasinski, S.M.
Peat; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Jasinski, S. M.

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Strontium

Mexico is the leading producer of celestite, the most common strontium ore. Chemical Products is the only major US maker of strontium compounds. It produces all of its strontium carbonate from imported Mexican celestite. Mexico is also a large producer of strontium carbonate, as are China, Germany, Japan and the Republic of Korea. There has been...

Ober, J.A.
Strontium; 2000; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Ober, J. A.

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Titanium mineral resources of the western U.S.: an update

Thirteen deposits or districts in the western U.S. have been examined in which titaniummineral resources have been reported or implied. These deposits are of the following general types (in probable order of importance): 1) Cretaceous shoreline placer deposits, 2) silica-sand deposits of California, 3) fluvial monazite placers of Idaho, 4)...

Force, Eric R.; Creely, Scott
Titanium mineral resources of the western U.S.: an update; 2000; OFR; 2000-442; Force, Eric R.; Creely, Scott

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Mineral Commodity Summaries 2000

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 2000; 2000; MINERAL; 2000; U.S. Geological Survey

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Year Published: 1999

Exploration

This summary of international nonfuel mineral exploration activities for 1998 draws on available data from literature, industry and US Geological Survey (USGS) specialists. Data on exploration budgets by region and commodity are reported, significant mineral discoveries and exploration target areas are identified and government programs affecting...

Wilburn, D.R.; Porter, K.E.
Exploration; 1999; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Wilburn, D. R.; Porter, K. E.