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Mineral resource of the month: industrial sand and gravel

November 1, 2007

With many diverse uses, industrial sand and gravel, also known as silica sand, is one of the most important nonmetallic minerals in the world. Industrial sand and gravel is a mining industry term used for sands that have a very high percentage of silicon dioxide, or greater than 95 percent quartz. Deposits of industrial sand and gravel can be found virtually everywhere on Earth, but are less widespread than deposits of common construction sand and gravel. Industrial sand and gravel is distinctive in grain size, hardness, inertness and resistance to high temperature and chemical action. Beverage containers, fiberglass insulation, fiber-optic cables and light bulbs are just some of today’s many products produced from industrial sand and gravel.

Publication Year 2007
Title Mineral resource of the month: industrial sand and gravel
Authors Thomas Dolley
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geotimes
Index ID 70098421
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center