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

White, Doss H., Jr.; Sinnott, Joseph A.
Massachusetts,   pp. 257-262 PDF (549.8 KB)


Page 257

  257The Mineral Industry of 
Massachusetts. 
This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between
the 
Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Massachusetts Department
of 
Environmental Quality, Office of the State Geologist, for collecting information
on all 
nonfuel minerals. 
By Doss H. White, Jr.1 and Joseph A. Sinnott2 
The value of mineral production in Massachusetts was $90.1 million in 1978
and $92.5 million in 1979. Mining in the State dates from around 1643, when
iron ore was produced to feed a blast furnace erected at Hammersmith, near
Lynn, on the west bank of the Saugas River. Although this venture flourished
for only a few years, it served as an early prototype of American heavy industry.
Since then, mineral production in Massachusetts has changed from metals to
industrial minerals. In 1978-79, the leading mineral commodities mined in-State
were stone and sand and gravel. Other commodities produced included clays,
shale, lime, and peat. Gypsum, perlite, and vermiculite mined out-of-State
were imported for processing. 
Table l.—Nonfuel mineral production in Massachusettsl 
1977 
1978 
1979 
Mineral 
Quantity 
Value (thousands) 
Quantity 
Value (thousands) 
Quantity 
~ 
Value 
(thou 
sands) 
Clays         thousand short tons.._ 
Lime do...__Peat ~Sandandgravel do...~...Stone:  Crushed do_  Dimension do...~
Combined value of other nonmetals and valuesindicatedbysymbolW        
Total                      
149 
W 
 2 
16,639 
8,030 
 63 
XX 
$275 W 
W 
34,346 
30,501 
4,856 
7,290 
155 
199 
2 
217,856 
8,398 
68 
XX 
$333 
8,478 
65 
237,456 
36,360 
6,411 
961 
156 
198 
2 
~16,705 
8,586 
48 
XX 
$367 
9.918 
56 
237.164 
39,570 
4,389 
1,082 
XX 
77,268 
XX 
90,068 
XX 
92,546 
 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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