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

Hawkins, Murphy E.; Garner, L. E.
Texas,   pp. 501-517 ff. PDF (1.8 MB)


Page 501

  501The Mineral Industry 
of Texas 
This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between
the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Economic
Geology, the University of Texas at Austin, for collecting information on
all nonfuel minerals. 
By Murphy E. Hawkins1 and L. E. Garner2 
 During the biennium 1978-79, Texas with $1,154 million output of 24 mineral
ranked fifth among the States in the output commodities in 1978. The State
was the of nonfuel mineral wealth. Total value of Nation's only producer
of natural graphite the 20 different mineral commodities pro- and native
asphalt and the leading producduced in 1979 was $1,406 million, compared
er of magnesium chloride and Frasch sul 
Table 1.—Nonfuel mineral production in Texas' 
1977 
1978 
1979 
Mineral 
Quantity 
V 1 
(thousands) 
 Val 
Quantity (thousands) 
Quantity 
Valu 
(thousands) 
Cement: 
Masonry thousand short tons_ — 
 Portland do — — — 
Clays do~Gemstones                  
254 
8,482 
23,682 NA 
$13,095 
331,758 
211,465 
160 
290 
8,808 
4,189 NA 
$17,248 
401,220 
19,818 
170 
268 
9,353 
3,871 NA 
$15,593 
475,836 
21,533 
170 
Gypsum — — thousand short tons — Helium (high
purity) 
 million cubic feet. — Iron ore - - - thousand long tons - 
Lime — — — — thousand short tons..
— 
Salt do___.Sand and graveL do_ — — —Stone:
1,718 
— — W 
1,612 
10,941 
55,495 
8,837 
— — W 
49,965 
53,264 
133,420 
1,864 
32 
W 
1,408 
9,100 
56,925 
11,060 
1,132 
W 
48,882 
49,153 
149,599 
1,903 
70 
W 
1,507 
11,283 
52,846 
11,438 
2,447 
W 
59,520 
67,602 
167,076 
 Crushed do_ — — — Dimension do —
— —
Sulfur (Frasch) 
 thousand metric tons — Talc and soapstone — —
short tons
— Combined value of asphalt (natural), clays (ball clay, fuller's
earth,
and kaolin, 1977), fluorspar, gold (1978), graphite, helium, (crude), iron
ore, lead (1978), magnesium chloride, magnesium compounds, silver (1978),
sodium sulfate, vermiculite (1977-78) zinc (1978), and values indicated by
symbol W         
Total                   
65,446 
27 
3,157 
223,024 
XX 
122,784 
3,922 
W 
2,191 
r304,432 
69,095 
28 
3,752 
288,407 
XX 
150,868 
4,192 
W 
1,520 
299,298 
74,612 
17 
4,649 
207,398 
XX 
188,746 
3,636 
W 
1,544 
391,027 
XX 
rl,035,293 
XX 
1,154,160 
XX 
1,406,168 
T9j~j~ 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). 
2Excludes ball clay, fuller's earth, and kaolin; value included in "Combined
value" figure. 


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