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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

Fulkerson, Frank B.
Barite,   pp. 181-187 ff. PDF (537.9 KB)


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North America: 
Canada 
Mexico_______________________________________ 
United States 2 
South America: 
Argentina 
Brazil'____________________________________________ 
Chile 
Colombia___________________________________________ 
Peru_________________________________________ 
Europe: 
Austria 
Czechoslovakia' 
France 
Germany,East' 
Germany, West 
Greece3_______________________________________ 
Ireland 
Italy 
Poland' 
Portugal 
Romania' 
Spain 
U.S.S.R.' 
United Kingdom '  
Yugoslavia 
Africa: 
Algeria4 
Egypt, Arab Republic of  
Kenya 
Morocco______________________________________ 
South Africa, Republic of 
Swaziland 
Tunisia                                     
Asia: 
Burma 
China, People's Republic of'                         
India 
Iran 6                                      
Japan 
Korea, North'                                
Pakistan                                    
Thailand                                    
Turkey                                     
 147,251 120,765 73,000 
 351,738 308,362 288,147 
 854,132 825,000 906,000 
 ' 27,392 22,641 ' 22,600 
 28,200 47,100 51,000 
 1,700 1,413 2,864 
 7,519 6,382 e7,000 
 ' 260,499 ' 260,000 ' 260,000 
 347 870 223 
 8,300 8,300 8,300 
 r104,477 121,254 ' 121,000 
 33,000 33,000 33,000 
 454,798 450,693 406,434 
 ' 59,625 93,635 ' 94,000 
 243,600 216,160 e220,000 
 239,555 222,144 200,365 
 55,000 61,000 55,000 
 ' 1,190 1,268 ' 1,300 
 128,400 128,000 128,000 
 93,219 91,789 ' 93,000 
 314,000 331,000 342,000 
 ' 29,000 ' 29,000 29,000 
 87,886 71,308 ' 66,000 
 56,927 40,234 57,902 
 237 321 ' 330 
 493 819 692 
 93,421 93,117 102,779 
 ' 3,199 3,265 2,775 
 373 159 (5) 
 2,134 1,965 1,310 
 14,840 25,312 28,627 
 165,000 154,000 171,000 
 r82,500 64,700 50,831 
 ' 83,000 66,000 ' 66,000 
 72,674 63,096 66,659 
 132,000 132,000 132,000 
 2,060 3,265 2,648 
 18,177 70,040 107,024 
 ' 32,566 31,468 ' 34,000 
4,259,810 
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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
rapidly because of exploration for oil and gas in the North Sea. Domestic
barite production comes from mines in Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Production
of witherite (natural barium carbonate) ended when the Settlingstones mine
in Northumberland closed in 1969. 
Clay Cross Co., Ltd., planned to produce 
8,000 tons of byproduct barite annually at its new fluorspar heavy-media
separation plant at Milltown in Derbyshire.1° The barite will be used
mainly for drilling muds. 
 10 Industrial Minerals (London). Clay Cross Fluorspar Expansion. No. 64,
January 1973, p. 
29. 
Table 11.—Barite: World psixiuction by country 
(Short tons) 
Country' 1970 1971 1972 P 
Oceania: Australia 47,193 30,156 ' 27,000 
 Total ' 4,337,622 4,231,001 
 Estimate. P Preliminary. ' Revised. 
 1 In addition to the countries listed, Bulgaria, Philippines, and Southern
Rhodesia also produce barite, but available information is inadequate to
make reliable estimates of output levels. 
 2 Sold or used by producers. 
 3 Barite concentrates; total crude output reported as follows in short tons:
1970—114,270; 1971—153,110; 
1972—153,000 (estimate). 
 4 Ground barite; total crude output reported as follows in short tons: 1970—80,906;
1971—30, 534; 1972— 66,000 (estimate). 
°Less than ~ unit. 
 6 Year beginning March 21 of that stated. 


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