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

Riley, H. L.; Smith, W. Everett
Alabama,   pp. 41-53 ff. PDF (1.1 MB)


Page 41

  41The Mineral Industry of Alabama 
By H. L. Riley 1 and W. Everett Smith 2 
This chapter has been prepared under a cooperative agreement between the
Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Geological Survey
of Alabama for collecting information on all minerals except fuels. 
Bituminous coal production increased from 17,945,000 tons in 1971 to 20,814,000
tons in 1972. Both underground and sur~ face production increased. Coke production
declined slightly. Reported shipments of portland cement from Alabama plants
in 
creased 3%. - 
Total mineral production value increased from $291,492,000 in 1971 to $371,241,000
in 1972. Coal, cement, petroleum, and stone accounted for 90% of the total
value, with coal alone accounting for 54%. Alabama 
ranked second in the Nation in the production of bauxite and scrap and flake
mica, and fourth in kaolin. 
The value of exports from the Mobile 
Customs District increased 5.1% to $547.7 
million; imports were valued at $300.6 million, or 11.2% more than in 1971.
 1Minip.g engineer, Division of Fossil Fuels— Mineral Supply. 
 2 Chief, Economic Geology Division, Geological Survey of Alabama, Tuscaloosa,
Ala. 
Table 1.—Mineral production in Alabama1 
'  
Mineral 
1971 
Quantity Value (thou- 
sands) 
1972 
Quantity Value (thousands) 
Cement: 2 
Masonry thousand short tons__ 
349 
2,284 
$8,657 
42,281 
407 
2,360 
$11,221 
48,577. 
Portland do...- 
Clays do____ 
2,915 
17,945 
 6,918 
146,180 
2,850 
20,814 
7,512 
200,430 
Coal (bituminous) do..... 
Iron ore (usable)       thousand long tons, gross weight.. 
415 
2,773 
327 
1,912 
Lime thousand short tons._Natural gas  million cubic feet.. 
761 
355 
11,454 
 54 
739 
3,644 
11,751 
1,282 
Petroleum (crude) thousand 42-gallon barrels__Sand and gravel thousand short
tons_.Stone do____ 
Value of items that cannot be disclosed: 
7,832 
6,674 
17,773 
23,496 
7,518 
84,413 
9,984 
6,352 
18,485 
30,466 
8,530 
42,027 
Asphalt (native), bauxite, cement (slag), clay 
(bentonite), mica (scrap), natural gas liquids, salt, 
XX 
7,758 
XX 
7,533 
stone (dimension), and talc                 Total 
XX 
XX 
291,492 
247,856 
XX 
XX 
 371,241 P 308,835 
constant dollars 
Total 
 P Preliminary. XX Not applicable. 
 ' Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). 
 Excludes slag cement; included with "Value of items that cannot be disclosed."


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