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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)

Aase, James H.; West, Wanda J.; Steece, Fred V.
South Dakota,   pp. 477-486 PDF (970.4 KB)


Page 477

Mineral 
 1977 1978 1979 
 Value  Value  Value 
Quantity (thou- Quantity (thou- Quantity (thou 
 sands) sands) sands) 
w w 
2197 
NA 
304,846 
(3) 
6,043 
Cement: 
Masonry - - - thousand short tons. - 
Portland               
Clays do - - - 
Gem stones  
Gold (recoverable content of ores, etc.) 
 troy ounces_ - 
Mica, scrap - - - - thousand short tons - 
Sandandgravel do~ 
Silver (recoverable content of ores, etc.) thousand troy ounces - 
Stone: 
Crushed - - - - thousand short tons_ - 
 Dimension do_~ 
Combined value of beryllium concentrate (1977), clays (bentonite, 1977-78),
feldspar, gypsum, iron ore (1978-79), lime, and values indicated by symbol
W - - - - - 
Total                      
w 
w 
2$~ 
40 
45,212 
5 
9,815 
w 
w 
2216 
NA 
285,512 
(3) 
6,404 
w 
w 
2$2~j8 
50 
55,261 
4 
11,100 
7 
670 
205 
NA 
245,912 
(3) 
6,001 
$434 
31,273 
292 
50 
75,618 
2 
10,119 
 69 317 53 287 58 643 
 3,377 7,477 3,693 8,376 3,891 10,317 
 35 11,404 36 11,859 36 13,268 
 XX 28.282 XX 27,554 XX 6.670 
XX 102,785 XX 114,759 XX 148,686 
NA Not available. W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data;
included in "Combined value" figure. 
XX Not applicable. 
1Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). 
2Excludes bentonite; value included in "Combined value" figure.
3Less than 1/2 unit. 
  477The Mineral Industry of 
South Dakota 
This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between
the 
Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the South Dakota Geological
Survey for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. 
By James H. Aase,1 Wanda J. West,2 and Fred V. Steece3 
The value of nonfuel mineral production in South Dakota for 1978 and 1979
was $114.8 million and $148.7 million, respectively, setting records each
year. 
The State's nonfuel mineral output was derived from three metallic and nine
nonmetallic mineral commodities. Gold continued as the leading commodity
in terms of value during the biennium 1978-79, accounting for approximately
half of the State 
total. Other principal mineral commodities produced, in descending order
of value, included cement, stone, and sand and gravel. 
 Nationally, South Dakota ranked 38th among the States in value of nonfuel
mineral production in 1978. The State led the Nation in gold production in
1978 and was second, following Utah, in 1979. 
 Although the quantity of gold produced in 
Table 1 —Nonfuel mineral production in South Dakota1 


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