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

Moore, Lyman
Arizona,   pp. 71-95 ff. PDF (2.7 MB)


Page 71

  71The Mineral Industry of Arizona 
This chapter was prepared under a cooperative agreement between the Bureau
of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Arizona Bureau of Mines
for collecting information on all minerals. 
By Lyman Moore' 
 The value of mineral production in Anzona was $1,091 million, 11% - above
the 1971 value. Income from the mineral industry ranked second only to manufacturing
which, with value added totaled $1,630 million. Metals accounted for 92%
of the mineral output value, nonmetals 7%, and mineral fuels 1%. The value
of metals produced increased 10% above that of 1971, nonmetals 25%, and mineral
fuels 56%. Copper production was 908,612 tons, about 55% of domestic output.
The value of copper production was $930 million, 85% of the total value of
minerals produced. 
Molybdenum production, in which the State ranks second in the Nation, increased
20% to 27.2 million pounds, a record high. Arizona remained second in silver
production with an output of 6.7 million troy ounces, and fourth in gold
production with 102,996 troy ounces. Principal nonmetals produced were cement,
sand and gravel, stone, and - lime. The increase in mineral fuel output was
due to increased coal production for electric power generation. 
' Mining engineer, Division of Nonferrous Metals—Mineral Supply. 
Table 1.—Mineral production in Arizona' 
1971 
1972 
Mineral 
Quantity 
Value (thousands) 
Quantity 
Value 
(thou 
sands) 
Clays 2 thousand short tons_Coal (bituminous) do____ 
Copper (recoverable content of ores, etc.) tons__Gem atones             
119 
1,146 
820,171 
NA 
94,038 
15,859 
859 
296 
22,684 
868 
1,236 
949 
19,791 
6,170 
2,873 
7,761 
 $84 
 W 
852,978 
 160 
3,879 
 W 
 237 
4,474 
39,872 
 153 
3,918 
 625 
24,391 
9,538 
5,848 
2,499 
 134 
 W 
908,612 
 NA 
102,996 
 W 
1,763 
 356 
27,216 
 W 
 993 
 915 
24,842 
6,653 
4,638 
10,111 
 $355 
W 
930,419 
168 
 6,036 
W 
530 
 6,024 
 46,791 
W 
 3,226 
- 722 
 32,420 
 11,210 
 8,018 
 3,589 
Gold (recoverable content of ores, etc.) 
 troy ounces__Iron ore (usable) long tons, gross weight__ 
Lead (recoverable content of ores, etc.) tons__ 
Lime thousand short tons__ 
Molybdenum (content of concentrates) 
 thousand pounds__Natural gas million cubic feet__ 
Petroleum (crude)     thousand 42-gallon barrels__ Pumice               
  thousand short tons.._ 
Sand and gravel do~__ 
Silver (recoverable content of ores, etc.) 
 thousand troy ounces_Stone thousand short tons__ 
Zinc (recoverable content of ores, etc.) tona__ 
Value of items that cannot be disclosed: 
Asbestos, cement, fire clay, diatomite, feldspar, fluorspar, gypsum, helium,
mica (scrap), perlite, pyrites, tungsten, and values indicated by the symbol
W -_ 
 Total                                
XX 
32,364 
XX 
41,496 
XX 
XX 
981,020 
834,161 
XX 
XX 
1,091,004 
P 907,606 
Total 1967 constant dollars               
 P Preliminary. NA Not available. W Withheld to avoid -disclosing individual
company confidential data; included with "Value of items that cannot be disclosed."
XX Not applicable. 
 ' Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). - 
 2Excludes bentonite (1971) and fire clay (1972); included with "Value of
items that cannot be disclosed." 


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