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: 2016

Mineral commodity summaries 2016

This report is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering 2015 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, 2016, Mineral commodity summaries 2016: U.S. Geological Survey, 202 p, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/70140094.

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Year Published: 2016

Natural graphite demand and supply - Implications for electric vehicle battery requirements

Electric vehicles have been promoted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen U.S. dependence on petroleum for transportation. Growth in U.S. sales of electric vehicles has been hindered by technical difficulties and the high cost of the lithium-ion batteries used to power many electric vehicles (more than 50% of the vehicle cost)....

Olson, Donald W.; Virta, Robert L.; Mahdavi, Mahbood; Sangine, Elizabeth S.; Fortier, Steven M.

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Year Published: 2015

Comparison of U.S. net import reliance for nonfuel mineral commodities—A 60-year retrospective (1954–1984–2014)

Introduction The economic vitality and national security of the United States depend on the reliable supply of numerous nonfuel mineral commodities. Over the past six decades, many of these commodities have been sourced increasingly from outside the United States. The mix of commodities for which the United States is import dependent has changed...

Fortier, Steven M.; DeYoung,, John H.; Sangine, Elizabeth S.; Schnebele, Emily K.
Fortier, S.M., DeYoung, J.H., Jr., Sangine, E.S., and Schnebele, E.K., 2015, Comparison of U.S. net import reliance for nonfuel mineral commodities—A 60-year retrospective (1954–1984–2014): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3082, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153082.

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Year Published: 2015

Shift in Global Tantalum Mine Production, 2000–2014

Introduction Tantalum has a unique set of properties that make it useful in a number of diverse applications. The ability of the metal to store and release electrical energy makes it ideally suited for use in certain types of capacitors that are widely used in modern electronics. Approximately 60 percent of global tantalum consumption is in the...

Bleiwas, Donald I.; Papp, John F.; Yager, Thomas R.
Bleiwas, D.I., Papp, J.F., and Yager, T.R., 2015, Shift in global tantalum mine production, 2000–2014: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3079, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153079.

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Year Published: 2015

Mineral Resource of the Month: Lime

Lime is the common term for several chemicals in three major categories: quicklime, hydrated lime and refractory dead-burned dolomite. Lime is almost never found naturally. It is primarily manufactured by burning limestone in kilns, followed by hydration when necessary. 

Corathers, Lisa A.

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Year Published: 2015

Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Gold supply chain

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 to identify risks to the United States associated with the supply of critical and strategic minerals and metals...

George, Micheal W.
George, M.W., 2015, Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo--Gold supply chain (ver. 1.1, December 10, 2015): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153075.

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Year Published: 2015

Introductory text

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides information on the current use and flow of minerals and mineral-based materials in the U.S. and world economies. This Data Series report on “Historical Global Statistics for Mineral and Material Commodities” contains information on the production of selected commodities from 1990 to the most current year...

Matos, Grecia R.; Miller, Lisa D.; Barry, James J.
Matos, G.R., 2015, Introductory text, in Matos, G.R., comp., Historical global statistics for mineral and material commodities (2015 version): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 896, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds896.

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Year Published: 2015

Mineral resource of the month: Pumice and pumicite

Pumice is an extrusive igneous volcanic rock formed through the rapid cooling of air-pocketed lava, which results in a low-density, high-porosity rock. Fine-grained pumice, or pumicite, is defined as minute grains, flakes, threads or shards of volcanic glass, with a size finer than 4 millimeters. 

Crangle, Robert

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Year Published: 2015

Mineral Resource of the Month: Iodine

Iodine is a bluish-black lustrous solid (violet-colored in its gaseous state) found primarily in seaweed, underground brines associated with petroleum deposits and caliche ore deposits. 

Schnebele, Emily
Earth:September 26, 2015

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Year Published: 2015

Lead scrap use and trade patterns in the United States, 1995-2012

Since 1995, domestic production of lead has increasingly shifted from primary mining and smelting to the recovery of lead-bearing scrap by the secondary lead industry, which accounted for 91 percent of U.S. lead production in 2012. Increasingly stringent environmental regulations for lead emissions in the United States have contributed to the...

Wilburn, David R.
Wilburn, D.R., 2015, Lead scrap use and trade patterns in the United States, 1995–2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5114, 20 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155114.

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Year Published: 2015

A Crosswalk of Mineral Commodity End Uses and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes

This crosswalk is based on the premise that there is a connection between the way mineral commodities are used and how this use is reflected in the economy. Raw mineral commodities are the basic materials from which goods, finished products, or intermediate materials are manufactured or made. Mineral commodities are vital to the development of the...

Barry, James J.; Matos, Grecia R.; Menzie, W. David
Barry, J.J., Matos, G.R., and Menzie, W.D., 2015, A crosswalk of mineral commodity end uses and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1163, 4 p., plus 77 tables in 1 Excel file, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151163.

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Year Published: 2015

Mineral Resource of the Month: Bromine

Bromine, along with mercury, is one of only two elements that are liquid at room temperature. Bromine is a highly volatile and corrosive reddish-brown liquid that evaporates easily and converts to a metal at extreme pressures — above about 540,000 times atmospheric pressure. Bromine occurs in seawater, evaporitic (salt) lakes and underground...

Schnebele, Emily