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

Arndt, Robert H.; Johnson, K. S.
Oklahoma,   pp. 425-438 PDF (1.6 MB)


Page 425

  425The Mineral Industry of 
Oklahoma 
This chapter has been prepared by the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of
the Interior, and the Oklahoma Geological Survey under a Memorandum of Understanding
for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals 
By Robert H. Arndt1 and K. S. Johnson2 
Output of the principal nonfuel minerals in Oklahoma continued to rise through
the 1978-79 biennium, and for the first time the nonfuels reached a total
annual value of more than $200 million. The value of produced basic construction
materials; sand and gravel, stone, and cement, exceeded 75% of the total
nonfuel mineral value. Most of Oklahoma's economic indicators also continued
to rise through the biennium, although a downturn in construction of residential
units and employment in agriculture and contract construction in 
1979, as reported by the Center for Economic and Management Research at The
University of Oklahoma, was the main exception. The value of produced nonfuel
minerals in 1978 was about 0.9% of the State's estimated gross product that
year. No metallic minerals were mined in Oklahoma in the biennium. Smelting,
refining, and recycling activities led to the recovery of aluminum, boron,
cadmium, columbium, copper, gallium, germanium, iron, lead, magnesium, tantalum,
vanadium pentoxide, and zinc. 
Table 1.—Nonfuel mineral production in Oklahoma1 
 1977 1978 1979 
 Value  Value  ValueMineral Quantity (thou- Quantity (thou- Quantity (thou
sands)  sands)  sands) 
Clays thousand short tons. — 1,016 $1,687 1,019 $1,874 949 $1,999
Gypsum do__..._ 1,238 6,959 1,398 8,097 999 5,668Helium:  High purity million
cubic feet.. 389 11,507 418 11,771 388 10,801  Crude do~_ w w 68 822 109
1,307Pumice thousand short tons~ 1 W 1 W 1 w 
Sandandgravel do.~ 11,669 26,8V 210,846 219,056 12,101 32,502Stone:  Crushed
do.~_ 23,323 46,809 26,649 57,173 28,312 66,666  Dimension do~~ 9 634 24
902 38 1,383Combined value of cement, feldspar, iodine, lead (1977), lime,
salt, sand and gravel (industrial, 1978), tripoli, zinc (1977), anditemsindicatedbysymbolW
 XX 68,217 XX 85,008 XX 80,696 
 Total XX 162,640 XX 184,707 XX 201,022 
 W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data value included in
"Combined value" figure. XX Not applicable. 
Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). 2Excludes industrial sand; value included
in "Combined value" figure. 


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