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

Southard, L.G.; Johnson, K. S.; Roberts, J.F.
Oklahoma,   pp. 549-563 ff. PDF (1.5 MB)


Page 549

Table 1.—Mineral production in Oklahoma' 
Mineral 
1971 
1972 
Quantity 
Value 
(thousands) 
Quantity 
Value 
(thousands) 
Clays2 thousandshorttons~Coal (bituminous) do~Gypsum do~~Helium:   High-purity
millioncubicfeet...   Crude do~...Natural gas do~ 
Natural gas liquids: 
Natural gasoline and cycle products 
  thousand 42-gallon barrels - LPgases do. 
Petroleum (crude) do~Sand and gravel thousand short tons -Stone do~ 
Zinc (recoverable content of ores, etc.) - - tons - 
Value of items that cannot be disclosed: 
Cement, clays (bentonite), copper, lime, pumice, salt, silver, tripoli, and
value indicated by symbol W                            
Total                                
Total 1967 constant dollars                
845 
2,234 
1,022 
123 
270 
1,684,260 
 14,197 
 27,540 
 213,313 
5,713 
 19,449 
(4) 
XX 
 $1,255 938 15,004 2,624 3,073 1,196 
 4,305 174 3,240 163 273,945 1,806,887 
 40,856 14,559 56,732 27,148 725,611 207,633 8,259 ' 7,901 27,125 19,448
 (4) W 
 30,111 XX 
$1,398 
19,112 
 3,888 
 6,090 
 1,956 
294,523 
42,709 
57,011 
709,033 
11,138 
26,574 
W 
37,296 
XX 
XX 
1,189,516 
1,011,445 
XX 
XX 
1,210,728 P 1,007205 
 c Preliminary. W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company confidential
data; included with "Value of items that cannot be disclosed." XX Not applicable.
 1 Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). 
 ' Excludes bentonite; included with "Value of items that cannot be disclosed."
 ' Data not directly comparable with previous years because of increased
industry coverage. 
 Less than 3~ unit. 
  549The Mineral Industry of Oklahoma 
This chapter has been prepared under a cooperative agreement between the
Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Oklahoma Geological
Survey for collecting information on all minerals except fuels. 
By L. G. Southard,' K. S. Johnson,2 and J. F. Roberts2 
Oklahoma mineral output value jn 1972 was $1,211 million, a 1.8% increase
over 1971. Oklahoma ranked sixth in the nation in domestic mineral production
value, and for the sixth consecutive year, value exceeded $1 billion. Mineral
fuels provided 93.3% of the total value of mineral output. Gains in value
were made in all mineral fuels with the exception of crude petroleum. Nonmetallic
minerals supplied 6.3% of the total value of all minerals produced in 1972.
Value of metals recorded a net loss of 4.5% below the value in 1971. 
Employment and Wages.—The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported
37,300 persons employed in the mineral industry in 1972 compared with 36,700
(revised) in 1971. The petroleum industry accounted for 94% of the State's
mineral industry employment. Average total number of persons employed in
other phases of the mineral industry amounted to 2,200. The average hourly
wage paid in the mineral industry was $3.70, an increase of 3.4% over that
of 1971. 
 I Mineral specialist, Division of Fossil Fuels. 
 2 Geologist, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Norman, Okla. 


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