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)
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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