Mineral Commodity Summaries

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Title: Mineral Commodity Summaries
The following topics are currently covered by the Mineral Commodity Summaries: domestic production and uses; U.S. salient statistics; recycling; import sources; tariff; depletion allowance; government stockpile; events, trends, and issues; world production, reserves, and reserve base; world resources; and substitutes.
The Mineral Commodity Summaries publication is part of the core function of the minerals information activities transferred from the U.S. Bureau of Mines to the USGS in 1996. These publications are now the responsibility of the Minerals Information Team (MIT). These publications cover mineral commodities and are published annually. Chapters are published in electronic format and are grouped together and published in paper format. This is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering nonfuel mineral industry data. Two-page data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for each of 88 individual mineral commodities or commodity groupings.
Report subjects have varied over the history of this publication. The commodities currently covered are: Abrasives, Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Asbestos, Barite, Bauxite and Alumina, Beryllium, Bismuth, Boron, Bromine, Cadmium, Cement, Cesium, Chromium, Clays, Cobalt, Columbium (Niobium), Copper, Diamond, Diatomite, Feldspar, Fluorspar, Gallium, Garnet, Gemstones, Germanium, Gold, Graphite, Gypsum, Helium, Ilmenite, Indium, Iodine, Iron ore, Iron and steel, Iron and steel scrap, Iron and steel slag, Kyanite, Lead, Lime, Lithium, Magnesium compounds, Magnesium metal, Manganese, Mercury, Mica, Molybdenum, Nickel, Nitrogen, Peat, Perlite, Phosphate rock, Platinum-group metals, Potash, Pumice, Quartz, Rare-earths, Rhenium, Rubidium, Rutile, Salt, Sand and gravel, Scandium, Selenium, Silicon, Silver, Soda ash, Sodium sulfate, Stone, Strontium, Sulfur, Talc and Pyrophyllite, Tantalum, Tellurium, Thallium, Thorium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Vanadium, Vermiculite, Yttrium, Zinc, and Zirconium and Hafnium.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), R/P1Y, Mineral Commodity Summaries: Mineral Commodity Summaries The chapters are identified by the publication series (i.e., Mineral Commodity Summaries) and include the commodity and year of publication in their title (e.g., Stone, Mineral Commodity Summaries 1997). The data series are 5 years, ending the year before the title year., U.S. Government Printing Office, Reston, Virginia, United States.

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    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -180
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: +180
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: +90
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: -90
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    The USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries geospatial data are national boundary oriented. Data associated with nations are reported in tables.
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    • National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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    U.S. Geological Survey, National Minerals Information Center.
    988 National Center
    Reston, VA

    1 703 684 4000 (voice)

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Monitor the minerals industry

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Use_Constraints: Unrestricted
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    USGS Information Services
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    The U.S. Department of the Interior provides no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data.
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Last modified: 10-Jun-2016
Metadata author:
U.S. Geological Survey National Minerals Information Center
988 National Center
Reston, VA

1 703 648 4000 (voice)
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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