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

Hawkins, Murphy E.; Groat, Charles G.
Louisiana,   pp. 233-241 ff. PDF (920.9 KB)


Page 233

  233The Mineral Industry of 
Louisiana 
This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between
the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Louisiana Geological
Survey, for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. 
By Murphy E. Hawkins' and Charles G. Groat2 
The Louisiana nonfuel mineral industry continued to make an important contribution
to the State's economy, producing $356 million in 1978 and $455 million in
1979. 
Salt and sulfur were the most significant raw minerals produced in terms
of value. During the 1970's, Louisiana consistently 
was ranked either first or second among the States in output of these two
important industrial minerals. Important to the State and regional economies
was the production of notable quantitites of cement, clays, gypsum, lime,
sand and gravel, and stone.~ 
Table 1.—Nonfuel mineral production in Louisiana' 
1977 
1978 
1979 
Value 
Value 
Value 
Mineral 
Quantity 
(thousands) 
Quantity 
(thousands) 
Quantity 
(thou 
sands) 
Clays thousand short tons — Salt                     do~ 
Sandandgravel do.~ 
Stone (crushed) do_ — — — Sulfur(Frasch) thousand
metric
tons. — Combined value of cement, gypsum, lime, sand and gravel
(industrial,
1979), and values indicated by symbol W        
Total                       
401 
13,201 
21,987 
9,710 
2,494 
XX 
$785 
96,878 
50,790 
26,920 
 W 
174,912 
517 
14,263 
22,010 
9,130 
1,984 
XX 
$4,786 
110,472 
56,080 
26,921 
 W 
157,996 
416 
14,207 
220,446 
W 
2,858 
XX 
$6,073 
113,167 
254,081 
W 
 W 
281,955 
XX 
350,285 
XX 
356,255 
XX 
455,276 
 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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