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

Boyle, James R.; McLemore, William H.
Georgia,   pp. 143-155 ff. PDF (1.3 MB)


Page 143

  143The Mineral Industry of 
Georgia 
This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between
the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Georgia Geologic
Survey, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural
Resources, for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. 
By James R. Boyle1 and William H. McLemore2 
The value of Georgia's nonfuel mineral production in 1978 and 1979 was $588.1
million and $698.7 million, respectively. Georgia led the Nation in the production
of fuller's earth, kaolin, and dimension stone; was second in kyanite and
iron oxide pig. 
ments; third in bauxite and feldspar; fourth in barite and byproduct gypsum;
and fifth in common clays and mica. With the exception of bauxite, kyanite,
and sand and gravel, all commodities registered an increase in unit value
in 1978. 
Table 1.—Nonfuel mineral production in Georgia1 
1977 
1978 
1979 
Mineral 
Quantity 
Value (thousands) 
Quantity 
Value (thousands) 
Quantity 
Value 
(thou 
sands) 
Cement: 
Portland — — — thousand short tons_ —
 Masonry do~~ 
Clays do__Gemstones                      
1,192 
W 
7,554 
~ 
$37,711 
 W 
288,223 
 ~ 
1,435 
W 
8,476 NA 
$51,504 
 W 
358,654 
 20 
1,335 
102 
8,322 NA 
$55,117 
5,172 
437,671 
 20 
Sand and gravel — thousand short tons — 
Stone: 
5,141 
13,207 
5,378 
12,550 
25,014 
210,792 
 Crushed do~~ Dimension do~ 
Talc short tons~ 
Combined value of barite, bauxite, feld 
37,864 
240 
23,540 
106,215 
13,637 
 63 
41,572 
277 
W 
131,959 
15,879 
 W 
40,902 
244 
W 
154,021 
17,908 
 W 
spar, iron ore (1977), kyanite, mica, peat, sand and gravel (industrial,
1979), and values indicated by symbol W        
 Total                      
XX 
15,307 
XX 
17,548 
XX 
17,989 
XX 
474,363 
XX 
588,114 
XX 
698,690 
 NA Not available. W Withheld to avoid disclosingcompany proprietary data;
value included with "Combined value" figure. XX Not applicable.
 1Production 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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