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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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.

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Antimony: a flame fighter

Antimony is a brittle, silvery-white semimetal that conducts heat poorly. The chemical compound antimony trioxide (Sb2O3) is widely used in plastics, rubbers, paints, and textiles, including industrial safety suits and some children’s clothing, to make them resistant to the spread of flames. Also, sodium antimonate (NaSbO3) is used during...

Wintzer, Niki E.; Guberman, David E.
Wintzer, N.E., and Guberman, D.E., 2015, Antimony—A flame fighter: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3021, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153021.

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The Ebola virus disease outbreak and the mineral sectors of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

The mineral sector plays a key role in the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The onset of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in early 2014, together with changes in mineral market conditions, raised questions regarding the status of mining operations and of mineral development and exploration projects in all three countries....

Bermúdez-Lugo, Omayra; Menzie, William D.
Bermúdez-Lugo, Omayra, and Menzie, W.D., 2015, The ebola virus disease outbreak and the mineral sectors of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3033, 8 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153033.