Tuesday, January 31, 2017
USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017 – How did Arizona fare?
“In 2016, 11 States each produced more than $2 billion worth of nonfuel mineral commodities. These States were, in descending order of production value, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, California, Minnesota, Florida, Alaska, Michigan, Wyoming, Missouri, and Utah (table 3).”
Arizona' total non-fuel mineral production in 2016 was $ 5,560 million, 7.45% of U.S. total. Principal minerals, in order of value included: copper, sand and gravel (construction), molybdenum concentrates, cement (portland), stone (crushed). Once again, Arizona led the U.S. in copper production, with significant increase in copper production at Freeport-McMoRan's Morenci Mine.
In terms of gemstones production, Arizona tracked second in the U.S. behind Idaho. Arizona placed 7th in sand and gravel for construction production.
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