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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: domestic 1972
Year 1972, Volume 2 (1972)

Broderick, Grace N.
Arkansas,   pp. 97-110 PDF (1.4 MB)


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  97The Mineral Industry of Arkansas 
This chapter has been prepared by the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of
the Interior, and the Arkansas Geological Commission, under a memorandum
of understanding for collecting information on all minerals except fuels.
By Grace N. Broderick1 
 Arkansas mineral production in 1972 was valued at $241.2 million, a decrease
of 2.1% from the previous year's record high of $246.3 million, Nonmetallic
minerals accounted for the major part of the total mineral value; mineral
fuels comprised 39%; metals accounted for the remainder. Nationwide, Arkansas
led in the production of bauxite, bromine, and vanadium; it continued to
rank third in barite production. Petroleum remained the leading mineral commodity
in value, accounting for $58.3 million. Output of coal increased to 427,873
short tons valued at $4.7 million. 
 Ninety percent of the first unit of Arkansas Power and Light Co.'s Arkansas
Nuclear One Steam Electric Station was completed by the end of 1972. A construc
tion permit for the second unit was issued in December by the U.S. Atomic
Energy 
- Commission. Personnel who will supervise and operate the nuclear station
have been receiving specialized training both a-t the Russellville site and
in actual operating nuclear powerplants outside Arkansas. 
 Liquid Carbonic Corp., a subsidiary of Houston Natural Gas Corp., reached
- an agreement with Arkla Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of Arkansas Louisiana
Gas Co., under which Liquid Carbonic Corp. plans to -build a new byproduct
carbon dioxide recovery plant. The plant is to be built adjacent to Arkla
Chemical Corp.'s Big River Fertilizer complex at Helena. The 
 1 Physical scientist, Division of Ferrous Metals— Mineral Supply.
Table 1.—Mineral production in Arkansas 1 
Mineral 
1971 
1972 
Quantity Value (thousands) 
Quantity Value (thousands) 
Bauxite ------- thousand long tons, dried equivalenL - 
Clays 2 thousand short tons -Coal (bituminous) do.. - -Gem stones       
1,781 
 936 
276 
 NA 
$24,979 
 1,499 
2,848 
30 
1,634 
 885 
 428 
 NA 
 $21,010 
 990- 4,676 82 
Lime thousandshorttons.. 
157 
2,313 
150 
2,456 
Natural gas million cubic feet... 
Natural gas liquids: 
Natural gasoline and cycle products 
thousand 42-gallon barrels. - 
LPgases                          do....... 
Petroleum (crude) do......Sand and gravel thousandshorttons.Stone do~~ 
Value of items that cannot be disclosed: Abrasive 
172,154 
517 
1,035 
18,263 
11,630 r 17,647 
29,426 
 1,686 
2,650 
56,805 
15,603 r28,776 
166,522 
261 
546 
18,519 
11,574 
16,317 
28,808 
 854 
1,420 
58,335 
16,558 
25,020 
stone, barite, bromine, cement, clays (kaolin), gypsum, mercury (1971), soapstone,
tripoli, and vana 
dium - XX 
 Total XX Total 1967 constant dollars XX 
79,703 
XX 
81,020 
' 246,318 
209.444 
XX 
XX 
241,179 
"200,637 
 '  Preliminary. r Revised. NA Not available. XX Not applicable. 
 1 Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). 
 2 Excludes kaolin; included with "Value of items that cannot be disclosed."


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