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: 1999

Mineral Commodity Summaries 1999

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 1999; 1999; MINERAL; 1999; U.S. Geological Survey

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Year Published: 1998

Asbestos

Part of a special section on the state of industrial minerals in 1997. The state of the asbestos industry in 1997 is discussed. World production of asbestos in 1997 was estimated to be 2.07 Mt. Consumption in the U.S. fell 3 percent to 21 kt, and it is expected to continue to decline at a rate of 2–4 percent per year.

Virta, R.L.
Asbestos; 1998; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Year Published: 1998

Clays, common

Part of a special section on the state of industrial minerals in 1997. The state of the common clay industry worldwide for 1997 is discussed. Sales of common clay in the U.S. increased from 26.2 Mt in 1996 to an estimated 26.5 Mt in 1997. The amount of common clay and shale used to produce structural clay products in 1997 was estimated at 13.8 Mt.

Virta, R.L.
Clays, common; 1998; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Year Published: 1998

Clays, specialty

Part of a special section on the state of industrial minerals in 1997. The state of the specialty clay industry worldwide for 1997 is discussed. The specialty clays mined in the U.S. are ball clay, fuller's earth, bentonite, fire clay, and kaolin. Sales of specialty clays in the U.S. were around 17 Mt in 1997. Approximately 53 kt of specialty...

Virta, R.L.
Clays, specialty; 1998; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Virta, R. L.

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Year Published: 1998

Exploration

This summary of international nonfuel mineral exploration activities for 1997 draws upon available data from literature, industry and US Geological Sulvey (USGS) specialists. Data on exploration budgets by region and commodity are reported, significant mineral discoveries and exploration target areas are identified and government programs...

Wilburn, D.R.
Exploration; 1998; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Wilburn, D. R.

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Year Published: 1998

Fluorspar

The state of the fluorspar industry worldwide for 1997 is discussed. The U.S. had no reported mining of fluorspar in 1997. Reported consumption in the U.S. decreased to 490 kt. U.S. imports, mainly from China, totaled 533 kt. Exports, synthetic fluorspar production, and industry developments are also reviewed.

Miller, M.
Fluorspar; 1998; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Miller, M.

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Year Published: 1998

Lithium

The lithium industry can be divided into two sectors: ore concentrate producers and chemical producers. Ore concentrate producers mine lithium minerals. They beneficiate the ores to produce material for use in ceramics and glass manufacturing.

Ober, J.
Lithium; 1998; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Ober, J.

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Year Published: 1998

Peat

The United States continued as a significant producer and consumer of peat for horticultural, agricultural and industrial applications in 1997. Several operations in the Great Lakes and the Southeast regions dominated US production. Florida, Michigan and Minnesota were the largest producing states.

Jasinski, S.M.
Peat; 1998; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Jasinski, S. M.

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Year Published: 1998

International strategic mineral issues summary report: tungsten

Scheelite and wolframite are the principal minerals currently mined for tungsten. Both occur in hard-rock deposits; wolframite is also recovered from placer deposits. Most current mine production of tungsten is from vein/stockwork, skarn, porphyry, and strata-bound deposits. Minor amounts are produced from disseminated, pegmatite, breccia, and...

Werner, Antony B.T.; Sinclair, W. David; Amey, Earle B.
International Strategic Mineral Issues summary report; tungsten; 1998; CIR; 930-O; Werner, Antony B. T.; Sinclair, W. David; Amey, Earle B.

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Year Published: 1998

Mineral Commodity Summaries 1998

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 1998; 1998; MINERAL; 1998; U.S. Geological Survey

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Year Published: 1997

Exploration

This summary of international nonfuel mineral exploration activities for 1996 uses 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 the...

Wilburn, D.R.
Exploration; 1997; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Wilburn, D. R.

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Year Published: 1997

Fluorspar

Developments in the area of fluorspar in 1996 are reviewed. There was no reported mine production of fluorspar the U.S. in 1996, so domestic fluorspar requirements were satisfied by imports, sales from the National Defense Stockpile, and small amounts of synthetic fluorspar produced from industrial waste. The Defence Logistics Agency, consumption...

Miller, M.
Fluorspar; 1997; Article; Journal; Mining Engineering; Miller, M.