Mineral Industry Surveys (with month, year, and commodity name)

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Title: Mineral Industry Surveys (with month, year, and commodity name)
The Mineral Industry Surveys series reports commodity production, consumption, stocks, and trade information. Reports may also contain price information or report on industry developments.
The Mineral Industry Surveys publications are 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 commodities and are published on annually. The subjects of these publications cover commodities, countries, or States. A mineral commodity report covers multiple countries; a country or State report, multiple mineral commodities.
Report subjects have varied over the history of this publication. The mineral 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, R/P1M, Mineral Industry Surveys (with month, year, and commodity name): Mineral Industry Surveys Mineral Industry Surveys are periodic statistical and economic reports designed to provide timely statistical data on production, consumption, distribution, prices, stocks, and trade of significant mineral commodities. These surveys are published on a monthly or quarterly schedule, or at other intervals, depending on the need for current data. The Mineral Industry Surveys reports include the month, year, and commodity name (e.g., Mineral Industry Surveys--Aluminum in June 1997, or Mineral Industry Surveys--Copper in August 1998)., U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, United States.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -172
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -66
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: +72
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: +18
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  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    The USGS Mineral Industry Surveys 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
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  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    U.S. Geological Survey, National Minerals Information Center.
    988 National Center
    Reston, VA

    1-703-648-4000 (voice)

Why was the data set created?

Monitor the minerals industry

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Access_Constraints: Unrestricted
Use_Constraints: Unrestricted
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    USGS Information Services
    Box 25286
    Denver Federal Center
    Denver, CO

    1-888-ASK-USGS (voice)
    303-202-4693 (FAX)
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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:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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