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

Boyle, James R.; Joiner, Thomas J.
Alabama,   pp. 33-41 ff. PDF (997.6 KB)


Page 33

NA Not available. XX Not applicable. 
' Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). 2Excludes bentonite; value included
with "Combined value" figure. 
  33The Mineral Industry of 
Alabama 
This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between
the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Geological
Survey of Alabama for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. 
By James R Boyle1 and Thomas J Joiner2 
 The value of Alabama's nonfuel mineral production in 1978 and 1979 was $331.2
million and $336.4 million, respectively. In 1978, nearly all commodities
registered an increase in production and value; unit value increased for
all commodities, with the exception of native asphalt and sand and gravel.
Alabama led the Nation in the production of crushed marble and was second
in bauxite, third in masonry. cement, kaolin, native asphalt, and oyster
shell, and fourth in bentonite, dimension marble, fire 
clay, and scrap mica. 
Trends and Developments.-.-The Alabama State Docks at the Port of Mobile
handled more than 10 million tons of bulk material in fiscal year 1978; volume
dropped s1igh~ly to 9.8 million tons in fiScal 1979. 
Bulk materials comprise the major activity at the facility, with iron ore
and bauxite being two of the major materials handled. The movement of these
ores is vital to the operation of many heavy industries in the State. 
Table 1.—Nonfuel mineral production in Alabama' 
Mineral 
Cement 
Masonry_ - thousand short tons_ Portland             do___ 
Clays2                 do~_. 
Gemstones                    
Lime thousand short tons_ - 
Sand and gravel do_~. 
Stone: 
 Crushed do~~ 
 Dimension_ do....._ 
Combined value of asphalt (native), bauxite, clays (bentomte), mica 
(crude), phosphate rock (1978-79), and salt                        
Total                     
 1977 1978 1979 
 ~   Value ~. .~  Value ~, .   Value 
 1 (thousands)  ' ~'  (thoussnds)  (thousandS) 
 345 $14,255  356 $17,293 303 $13,930 
 2,351 79,302 2,837 108,972 2,578 103,187 
 2,677 21,984 2,782 24,885 2,571 33,824 
 -- --  NA 1 NA 2 
 1,149 39,213 1,264 49,021 1,273 54,182 
 14,372 35,204 15.294 35,692 13,747 31,319 
 25,248 72,649 26,572 82,767 26,443 83,566 
 14 1,715 13 1~739 12 2,011 
 XX 6,036 XX 10,871 XX 14,286 
 XX 270,358 XX 331,241 XX 336,367 


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