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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

West, J. M.
Gold,   pp. 567-588 PDF (2.2 MB)


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 588           MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
  Table 15.—Gold: World production' by country 
(Troy ounces) 
Country 2 1970 1971 1972 '  
North America: 
     Canada 2,408,574 2,243,000 2,079,000 
    CostaRicae 500 500 500 
     ElSalvador 2,301 3,503 2,861 
     Haiti e 3 000 3 , 000 3 , 000 
     Honduras 3,333 3,503 2,021 
     Mexico 198,241 150,915 146,061 
    Nicaragua 115,173 121,134 e120,000 
     UnitedStates 1,743,322 1,495,108 1,449,943 
. South America: 
     Bolivia 30,603 21,541 19,640 
     Brazil3 ' 171,331 157,378 165,531 
     Chile '  52,177 64,417 75,946 
    Colombia ' 201,519 188,847 186,816 
     Ecuador r8521 11,028 e11,000 
     FrenchGuiana 2,347 2,315 e2,300 
     Guyana 4,433 1,400 4,026 
     Peru r107673 65,000 82,885 
    Surinam 1,137 643 e600 
     Venezuela ' 22,320 18,567 e18,834 
 Europe: 
     Finland 20,319 17,489 17,619 
    France r63,112 65,620 e66,000 
    Germany, West e 1 , 000 1 , 700 1 , 700 
     Portugal 11,992 13,696 13,601 
    Romaniae 60,000 60,000 60,000 
     Sweden r44,207 54,528 e50,000 
    U.S.S.R.e 6,500,000 6,700,000 6,900,000 
     Yugoslavia 97,384 123,780 135,033 
 Africa: 
    Angola -- 32 e30 
    Cameroon ' 154 88 e 100 
    Congo (Brazzaville) r2,669 2,958 e3,100 
    Ethiopia r 27,295 24,499 20,784 
    Gabon 16,108 13,728 13,182 
    Ghana ' 707,900 697,517 724,051 
    Guinea' 4,000 4,000 4,000 
    Kenya -- -- 34 
    Liberia4 r 669 2,546 1,324 
    Mali' 30 30 30 
    Malagasy Republic 514 412 190 
    Mozambique 35 19 e 20 
    Niger 235 119 -- 
    Nigeria 123 40 12 
    Rhodesia, Southern 500,000 501,551 e502,000 
    SouthAfrica,Repubbicof 32,164,107 31,388,631 29,245,273 
    Sudan -- -- 95 
    Tanzania ' 8,263 167 213 
    Zaire r180,590 171,685 81,566 
    Zambia' ' ' 10,700 9,866 ell,400 
 Asia: 
    China,People'sRepublicof' 50,000 50,000 50,000 
    India 104,200 118,569 105,773 
    Indonesia 7,608 10,600 10,899 
    Japan' r255,189 255,255 243,027 
    Khmer,Republicofe 4,000 4,000 4,000 
    Korea,Northe 160,000 160,000 160,000 
    Korea, Republic of r 51,345 28,807 17,072 
    Malaysia: 
        Malaya 3,912 4,491 4,788 
        Sarawak 1,265 1,180 e1,047 
     Philippines 602,715 637,048 606,730 
     Taiwan 22,602 19,496 17,882 
 Oceania 
    Australia r 619,922 672,106 754,932 
     BritishSobomonlslandsProtectorate 291 444 e400 
     Fiji r 106,301 89,129 e90,000 
     NewZealand 11,283 9,418 13,511 
     Papua-NewGuinea ' 23,798 24,071 409,125 
 Total ' 47,522,342 46,491,114  44,711,507 
 Estimate. s' Preliminary. ' Revised. 
' Unless otherwise indicated, production is on the basis of mine output.
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 2 Gold is also produced in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Spain, and small quantities
probably in Argentina, Burma, East Germany, Hungary, Thailand, and several
other countries. Data for these countnes are not 
available. Data are also lacking on clandestine activities. 
 Bullion only; excludes gold from placer operations for which no data are
available. 
 Purchased by Bank of Monrovia. 
 ' Contained in blister copper, refinery muds, and electrolytic copper. 
 6 Refinery production for Japan was as follows: 1970—709,338 ounces;
1971—772,652 ounces; 1972—845,628 
ounces, New Guinea only. 


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