Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)
Sheridan, Eugene T.
Peat, pp. 897-904 PDF (828.0 KB)
200 1970 897Peat By Eugene T. Sheridan 1 Peat production in the United States decreased 5% in 1972, ' principally because a smaller number of plants were operating than in 1971. Production declined in 14 States, and active plants decreased by 17. The largest production losses were recorded in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Commercial sales, which were 5% greater than production because about 30,000 tons of peat was sold from stockpiles, were 1% greater than in 1971. The total value of sales also increased slightly I,000 800 600 400 because of the larger quantity sold and because of an increase of $0.03 per ton in the average value of all peat sold. Imports increased 5%, and the quantity of -peat imported in 1972 was about onehalf the quantity produced domestically. Ninety-six percent of the peat imported was shipped front Canada. World production was estimated at 89 million short tons. The U.S.S.R. was the largest producer with an output estimated at 80 million tons, 89% of the world total. 1 Mineral specialist, Division of Fossil Fuels I I I.~J I I I I 1955 1960 1965 1975 955—1972 AVERAGE Figure l.—Production, imports, and available supply of peat in the United States.
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