Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)
Boyle, James R.; Olson, Norman K.
South Carolina, pp. 469-476 PDF (856.4 KB)
469The Mineral Industry of South Carolina This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of Interior, and the South Carolina Geological Survey, State Division of Research and Statistical Services, for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. By James R. Boyle1 and Norman K. Olson2 The value of nonfuel mineral production in South Carolina was $182.8 million in 1978 and $201.7 million in 1979. Cement, stone, clays, and sand and gravel were the major contributors to total production value. In 1978, the production of all mineral commodities except dimension stone increased over that of the previous year. Most commodities also increased in unit value, but notable exceptions were manganiferous ore, peat, and fuller's earth. South Carolina ranked second nationally in the production of kaolin, flake mica, and vermiculite; sixth in masonry cement; eighth in fuller's earth; and ninth in common clay and industrial sand and gravel. Mineral commodities were produced in 40 of the 46 counties. Aiken County led in the number of operating mines with 31, followed by Cherokee with 24 and Lexington with 21. Trends and Developments.—Alumax, Inc., a joint venture of AMAX Inc. and Mitsui & Co., continued construction of its Table 1.—Nonfuel mineral production in South Carolina' 1977 1978 1979 Mineral Quantity Value (thousands) Quantity Value (thousands) Quantity Value (thou sands) Cement: Portland thousand short tons - Masonry do~_ Clays2 do~Gemstones W W 2,172 NA W W $18,705 4 W w 2,358 NA W W $22,538 5 1,831 W 2,272 NA $79,377 w 24,492 5 Manganiferous ore - - thousand short tons - Mica(scrap) do~Peat do~~ 20 43 16 W 589 W 22 49 16 w 782 W 26 47 W w 770 w Sandandgravel do~~Stone: 7,766 19,281 8,344 22,530 8,321 26,665 Crushed do..~Dimension do_~ 14,772 13 36,043 627 16,997 10 44,237 567 16,589 9 48,352 482 Combined value of clays (fuller's earth), vermiculite, and values indicated by symbol w - Total XX 68,952 XX 92,142 XX 21,568 XX 144,201 XX 182,801 XX 201,711 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 producer~). 2Excludes fuller's earth; value included in "Combined value" figure.
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