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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals and minerals 1977
Year 1977, Volume 1 (1977)

Foreword,   pp. iii ff. PDF (66.8 KB)

Page iii

 The Federal Government, through the Minerals Yearbook and its predecessor
volumes, has reported annually on mineral industry activities for 96 years.
This edition discusses the performance of the worldwide mineral industry
during 1977. In addition to statistical data, the volumes provide background
information to assist in interpreting the year's developments. Content of
the individual volumes follows: 
 Volume I, Metals and Minerals, contains chapters on virtuallyall metallic
and nonmetallic mineral commodities important to the domestic economy. In
addition, it includes a general review chapter on the mineral industries,
a chapter on mining and quarrying trends, and a statistical summary. 
 Volume II, Area Reports: Domestic, contains chapters on the mineral industry
of each of the 50 States, the U.S. island possessions in the Pacific Ocean
and the Caribbean Sea, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This volume also
has a statistical summary~ identical to that in Volume I. 
 Volume III, Area Reports: International, contains the latest available mineral
data on more than 130 foreign countries and discusses the importance of minerals
to the economies of these nations. A separate chapter reviews the international
minerals industry in general and its relationship to the world economy. 
 The Bureau of Mines continually strives to improve the value of its publications
to its users. Therefore, the constructive comments and suggestions of readers
of the Yearbook will be welcomed. 

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