Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)
Arndt, Robert H.; Burchett, Raymond R.
Nebraska, pp. 329-336 PDF (836.9 KB)
329The Mineral Industry of Nebraska This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Conservation and Survey Division of the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Geological Survey, for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. By Robert H. Arndt1 and Raymond R. Burchett2 The value of nonfuel minerals produced in Nebraska rose in the 1978-79 biennium to a new record of about $99 million in 1979, supported by increased unit prices and total values of most mineral commodities, but only partially supported by increased output of minerals. Total value of nonfuels increased 83% in the 5-year period, 1975-79. Output of sand and gravel in the biennium was actually lower than output in 1977, the year of highest production during 1975-79. Clays behaved similarly. Outputs of stone and cement were higher in 1979 than in 1975, although the general rise of stone output to the 1979 level was interrupted by a slight reversal in 1976. Production of lime decreased in 1975-79, but because output of lime was relatively small and average unit prices fluctuated irregularly from year to year, the value of lime had little influence on the trend in mineral value. About 1,600 workers were employed in mining nonfuel minerals in 1978, a decrease from 1,800 employed in 1977. Legislation and Government Programs.—No attention was given to nonfuel mineral industries by the Nebraska Legislature during 1978 and 1979. The future status of these industries continued to be addressed through the program of the Nebraska Geological Survey. Geologic mapping in southeastern Nebraska was directed Table l.—Nonfuel mineral production in Nebraska1 1917 1978 1979 Mineral Quantity Value (thousands) Quantity Value (thousands) Quantity Value (thou sands) Clays thousand short tons_ Gemstones 161 NA $368 11 146 NA $418 W 156 NA $454 w Sand and gravel — thousand short tons — Stone(crushed) do..__ 216,848 4,128 230,566 12,974 16,720 4,201 31,910 14,758 16,197 4,995 33,001 19,362 Combined value of cement, lime, sand and gravel (industrial, 1977), and values mdicatedbysymbolW Total XX 34,174 XX 36,287 XX 46,364 XX 78,093 XX 83,373 XX 99,181 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 industrial sand; value included in "Combined value" figure.
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