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

Fulkerson, Frank B.
Barite,   pp. 181-187 ff. PDF (537.9 KB)


Page 181

  181Barite 
By Frank B. Fulkersonl 
 Domestic barite production totaled over 900,000 tons, a-n increase of 10%
compared with 1971 output. Barite production in Nevada increased 65%. Imports
of crude barite advanced 29% compared with -those in 1971, which were below
average because of a temporary surcharge on dutiable im 
ports. Sales of ground and crushed barite produced from domestic and imported
material rose 10% in quantity and 34% in value. Two barium-chemical plants
were closed because of depressed market conditions. 
Table 1.—Salient barite and barium.chemical statistics 
(Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) 
1968 
1969 
1970 
1971 
1972 
United States: 
Barite (Primary): 
 Sold or used by producers 1 927    Value ' $13,706 Imports for consumption
663    Value $5,666 
 Ground and crushed sold by producers 1,266   Value $30,563 Barium chemicals
sold by producers 136 
 Value $18,811 
World: Production 3,769 
1,077 
$15,753 
614 
$5,549 
1,537 
$37,297 
130 
$19,101 
4,238 
854 
$12,800 
706 
$6,314 
1,388 
$34,294 
105 
$16,961 
4,338 
825 
$13,491 
484 
$4,468 
1,330 
$34,020 
83 
$15,488 
4,231 
906 
$14,883 
624 
$5,648 
1,461 
$45,590 
66 
$13,869 
4,260 
1 Data not comparable to previous years. 
Table 2.—Barite (primary) sold or used by producers in the United States,
by State 
(Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) 
State 
1971 
—————-—- 
Quantity Value 
1972 
Quantity Value 
Alaska                                     
 102 1,075 
W 
W 
Arkansas                                   
W W 
W 
W 
California                                   
W W 
4 
34 
Georgia                                    
Missouri                                            
Nevada                                    
Tennessee                                   
 W W 232 3,606 192 1,490 21 342 
W 
213 
317 W 
W 
3,637 
2,659 
W 
Undistributed                               Total                       
 278 6,978 
372 
8,553 
 825 13,491 
906 
14,883 
W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company confident 
ial data; included with 
undistributed. 
DOMESTIC PRODUCTION 
* Barite was produced at 30 mines in Dresser Minerals, Dresser Industries,
Inc., seven States. Nevada supplied the largest with mines in Arkansas, Missouri,
and Netonnage, followed by Missouri and Arkansas. 
1 Industry economist, Division of Nonmetallic 
Leading producing companies were Minerals. 


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