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

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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Frac sand in the United States: a geological and industry overview

A new mineral rush is underway in the upper Midwest of the United States, especially in Wisconsin and Minnesota, for deposits of high-quality frac sand that the mining industry calls “Northern White” sand or “Ottawa” sand. Frac sand is a specialized type of sand that is added to fracking fluids that are injected into...

Benson, Mary Ellen; Wilson, Anna B.; Bleiwas, Donald I.
Benson, M.E., and Wilson, A.B., 2015, Frac sand in the United States—A geological and industry overview: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1107, 78 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151107.

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Gemstones 2014

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Olson, Donald W.

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Lithium 2014

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Jaskula, Brian W.

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Nitrogen-Ammonia, 2014

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Apodaca, Lori E.

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Peat, 2014

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Apodaca, Lori E.

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Potash, 2014

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Jasinski, Stephen M.

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Rare Earths in 2014

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Gambogi, Joseph

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Strontium, 2014

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Ober, Joyce A.

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Titanium, 2014

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Bedinger, George M.

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Estimates of hydraulic fracturing (Frac) sand production, consumption, and reserves in the United States

The practice of fracturing reservoir rock in the United States as a method to increase the flow of oil and gas from wells has a relatively long history and can be traced back to 1858 in Fredonia, New York, when a gas well situated in shale of the Marcellus Formation was successfully fractured using black powder as a blasting agent. Nearly all...

Bleiwas, Donald I.

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A summary of data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at Dasht-e-Nawar, Afghanistan, in support of lithium exploration, June-September 2014

The playa of the Dasht-e-Nawar basin, east-central Afghanistan, has historically been investigated for potential evaporate mineral deposits. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations contracted Centar American and SRK Consulting, Inc. to assess a potential lithium (Li) brine resource, conduct a basin...

Stillings, Lisa L.; Mack, Thomas J.; Chornack, Michael P.; Kalaly, Siddiq S.; Ahmadi, M. Idrees; Akbar, A. Qasim
Stillings, L.L., Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Kalaly, S.S., Ahmadi, M.I., and Akbar, A.Q., 2015, A summary of data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at Dasht-e-Nawar, Afghanistan, in support of lithium exploration, June–September 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1059, 70 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151059.