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

Eilertsen, Donald E.
Potash,   pp. 1055-1067 ff. PDF (1.1 MB)


Page 1056

Table 2.—Marketable potassium salts produced and sold or used in the
United States, 
in 1972, by product 
(Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) 
Item Gross weight 
Production 
Sold or used 
 K,O Gross 
equiva- Value' weight lent 
K~O 
equiva- Value lent 
Total' 2,391 
 879 536 17,505 975 595 19,634 
 494 302 10,839 540 330 11,883 
 390 237 8,911 383 233 8,820 
 182 93 7,842 204 105 8,220 
 446 175 8,984 525 208 10,549 
 1,344 53,580 2,627 1,467 59,057 
 888 541 17,962 822 502 16,705 
 483 295 10,216 401 246 8,478 
 370 225 7,750 297 181 6,199 
 212 109 9,170 168 87 7,315 
 395 144 8,001 336 136 6,927 
Grand total 4,738 
Total' 2,347 1,315 53,100 2,026 1,150 45,623 
 2,659 106,680 4,653 ' 2,618 104,680 
' Derived from reported value of "Sold or used." 
' Figures for chemical and soluble muriates and manure salts are included
with potassium-magnesium sulfate. a Data may not add to totals shown because
of independent rounding. 
Table 3.—Crude potassium salts produced, and marketable salts produced
and sold or used 
in New Mexico 
Period 
 Crude salts' Mine production 
— Gross K,O 
Marketable 
potassium 
salts 
Production 
Sold or used 
Gross 
KsO 
Gross 
Ki() 
. 
weight equivalent 
weight 
equiv- 
alent 
Value' 
weight 
equiv- Value alent 
 1,453 2,136 1,210 46,195 2,484 1,404 54,462 
 1,338 1,894 1,081 40,494 1,617 914 34,863 
Total 16,117 ' 2,792 4,030 2,291 86,689 4,101 ' 2,317 89,325 
Total 17,285 2,871 
 1,460 2,128 
 1,411 1,994 
' Sylvite and langbeinlte. 
2Derived from reported value of "Sold or used." 
' Data may not add to totals shown because of independent rounding. 
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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
January-June 1972: 
Muriate of potash, 60% K20 minimum: 
Standard                     
Coarse                          
Granular 
Potassium sulfate 
Other potassium salts' 
July-December 1972: 
Muriate of potash, 60% K,O minimum: 
Standard 
Coarse 
 Granular_______________________ 
Potassium sulfate 
Other potassium salts' 
(Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) 
1971: 
 January-June 8,293 
 July—December 7,824 
1972: 
 January—June 8,718 
 July-December 8,567 
 Potash producers in the United States 
had about 3.5 million tons of K20 plant capacity in 1972 of which New Mexico
accounted for approximately 2.8 million tons. Based on these figures, the
potash industry of the United States operated at 76.5% capacity in 1972,
and New Mexico producers operated at 82.4% capacity. The United States consumes
much more potash than it has plant capacity. Consequently, large quantities
of potash are imported to meet demand. 
 1,187 47,018 2,336 1,294 51,400 
 1,108 44,097 1,753 991 38,461 
4,122  ' 2,296  91,115 4,089 2,285 89,861 
 Texas Gulf, Inc., resumed potassium chloride production at its Cane Creek
operation at Potash, Utah, in March after converting from underground mechanized
mining to a combination of solution mining and solar evaporation. The mixed
salts, consisting of potassium and sodium chlorides, are separated in the
company's original refinery. This is the first potash solution mining operation
in the United States; the only other similar operation is in Saskatchewan,
Canada. 


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