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

Arndt, Robert H.; Zarley, Carol
Kansas,   pp. 213-223 ff. PDF (1.2 MB)


Page 213

  213The Mineral Industry of 
Kansas 
This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between
the 
Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the State Geological
Survey of 
Kansas for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. 
By Robert H. Arndtl and Carol Zarley2 
The value of nonfuel minerals produced in Kansas was $230 million in 1978
and rose in 1979 to a record high of $263 million. In perspective, the 1978
value represented an increase of $72 million, or about 46%, above the total
value of nonfuel minerals produced in 1975. The surge in mineral value during
the intervening years accompanied 
an economic expansion in Kansas and was supported largely by growth in output,
in unit value, and in the total production value of cement, salt, sand and
gravel, and stone, which together made up more than 80% of the State's annual
total nonfuel minerals value. Mining operations for nonfuel minerals employed
1,200 persons in 
Table 1.-.-Nonfuel mineral production in Kansas1 
1977 
1978 
1979 
Mineral 
Quantity 
(th~~Js) 
Quantity 
(thousscids 
Quantity 
(thousands) 
Cement: 
Masonry_ thousand short tons_ — 
 Portland do~~ 
Clays2 do__~ 
Lime do~~Salt3 do.~Sand and gravel do.. — — —Stone
(crushed)5
do.. — — — 
Combined value of clays (bentonite), gypsum, helium (crude and high purity),
pumice (1978-79), salt (brine), sand and gravel (industrial, 1977-78), stone
(dimension), and values of items indicated by symbolW                  
Total                   
79 
 2,020 
 1,117 
15 
 1,430 ~13,973 17,229 
 XX 
$3,742 
72,815 
 1,965 
 409 
41,154 
~23,299 
41,807 
22,627 
96 
 2,083 
 1,161 
w 
 1,661 ~14,260 18,578 
 XX 
$4,558 
78,717 
 2,314 
w 
48,097 
~24,330 
48,803 
23,197 
 89 
2,086 
1,061 W 
1,900 
14,280 
19,308 
 XX 
* 
$4,525 
88,619 
2,636 
w 
61,184 
26,490 
56,038 
23,900 
XX 
207,818 
XX 
230,016 
XX 
263,392 
 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 bentonite; value included in "Combined value" figure.
 3Excludes salt in brines; value included in "Combined value" figure.
 4Excludes industrial sand; value included in "Combined value"
figure. 
 5Excludes dimension stone; value included in "Combined value"
figure. 


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