Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)
Aase, James H.; West, Wanda J.; Brostuen, Erling A.
North Dakota, pp. 407-412 PDF (589.0 KB)
407The Mineral Industry of North Dakota This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the North Dakota Geological Survey for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. By James H. Aase,' Wanda J. West,2 and Erling A. Brostuen~ The value of nonfuel mineral production in North Dakota for 1978 and 1979 was $22.1 million and $21.2 million, respectively. Sand and gravel continued as the State's leading nonfuel mineral commodity, accounting for more than 70% of the total output value in 1978 and 1979. Other nonfuel mineral commodities produced in the State during the biennium, in descending order of their production value, included salt, lime, clays, peat, and gem stones. Nationally, North Dakota ranked in the lowest 10 percentile group of States for production values derived from nonfuel minerals in 1978-79. On the average, approximately 65 firms and various governmental agencies, operating out of fewer than 100 locations, have accounted for nearly all of the State's nonfuel mineral production in recent years. A severe cement shortage that plagued much of the North-Central United States during 1978 was also evident in North Dakota. The State relies exclusively on outof-State supplies and experienced a cutback in shipments from its traditional suppliers, who were unable to meet all of North Dakota's needs. State officials, concerned that the shortage would continue, instigated a study to determine the availability of cement manufacturing resources within the State and the economic feasibility of establishing a cement industry. Results of the study released at yearend 1978 concluded that the undertaking was not economically feasible under existing conditions because of inadequate supplies of suitable raw materials and an in-State market too small to warrant production. Table 1.—Nonfuel mineral production in North Dakota' 1977 1978 1979 Mineral Quantity Value (thousands) Quantity Value (thousands) Quantity Value (thousands) Gemstones Peat thousand short tons. - Sand and gravel do... — — — Combined value of clays, lime, salt, and values indicated by symbol W Total NA (2) 5,821 XX $2 W 12,102 4,672 NA W 7,407 XX $1 W 17,170 4,966 NA (2) 6,648 XX $1 W 15,128 6,105 XX 16,776 XX 22,137 XX 21,234 NA Not available. 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). 2Less than 1/2 unit.
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