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

Ryan, J. Patrick
Lead,   pp. 695-725 ff. PDF (3.0 MB)


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 724 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
Table 31.—Lead: World mine production by country 
(Short tons) 
Country' 1970 1971 1972 ' I 
North America: 
   Canada ' 389,185 433,168 418,735 
   Guatemala 550 550 220 
   Honduras 17,598 19,805 22,844 
   Mexico2 194,665 172,900 178,307 
   UnitedStates' 571,767 578,550 618,915 
South America: 
   Argentina 39,228 44,636 43,498 
   Bolivia 27,995 25,491 20,895 
   Brazil 30,400 31,296 32,628 
   Chile 885 970 690 
   Colombia 323 226 324 
   Peru4 172,809 195,712 208,333 
Europe: 
   Austria' 6,617 8,504 7,350 
   Bulgaria 105,300 ellO,000 ellO,000 
   Czechosbovakiae , 7,300 6,600 6,100 
   Finland 5,517 5,224 4,243 
    France 31,769 32,783 29,300 
   Germany,East' 11,000 5,500 6,500 
   Germany, West 44,653 45,306 42,393 
   Greece 10,171 11,570 ' -12,000 
   Hungary' 1,910 1,910 1,910 
   Ireland 69,306 56,880 52~910 
   Italy 38,801 34,833 36,983 
   Norway ' 3,413 3,373 3,451 
   Poland 63,100 69,225 e72,000 
   Portugal 1,717 1,524 1,214 
   Roinania' 42,000 42,000 42,000 
   Spain 80,154 77,327 73,387 
   Sweden ' 86,324 87,583 81,900 
   U.S.S.R.' 485,000 496,000 510,000 
   UnitedKingdom 4,400 5,313 ' 6,390 
   Yugoslavia 139,655 137,069 188,671 
Africa: 
   Abgeria 7,200 5,200 5,500 
   Congo (Brazzavibbe) 88 33 e 17 
   Morocco ' 83,886 85,980 97,392 
   Nigeria' -- 237 354 
   South-WestAfrica,Territoryof' ' 82,130 81,082 58,755 
   Tunisia 24,838 23,016 21,958 
   Zambia (refined) 30,093 30,500 28,500 
Asia: 
   Burmae ' 8,820 9,920 11,570 
   China,People'sRepubbicof' 110,000 120,000 120,000 
   India 2,053 1,706 ' 1,808 
   Indonesia' 220 220 220 
   Iran' 25,287 33,000 33,000 
   Japan7 70,996 77,808 69,946 
   Korea,Northe 77,000 88,000 88,000 
   Korea, Republic of 17,655 18,236 16,234 
   Pakistan' 3 7 6 
   Philippines 15 -- -- 
   Thailand 1,421 2,588 2,005 
   Turkey e12,000 7,260 e6,864 
Oceania: 
   Australia ' 503,471 443,885 451,089 
   NewZeaband° 858 1,373 1,273 
 Total ' 3,741,546 3,771,879 3,848,582 
 Estimate. '  Preliminary. ' Revised. 
' In addition to the countries listed, Pakistan, Uganda and Arab Republic
of Egypt may produce bead, but 
available information is inadequate to make reliable estimates of output
levels. 
 2 Recoverable metal; content of bead in concentrate for exports plus lead
content of domestic smelter products 
(refined lead, antimoniab bead, mixed bars, and other unspecified items.)
 ' Recoverable metal. 
 Recoverable metal; content of lead in concentrate for exports plus bead
content of domestic smelter products 
(refined bead, antimonial lead, and bismuth-bead bars). 
 5 For 1970 and 1971, data are for year ending June 30 and represent bead
production from Tsumeb Corp., Limited, South-West Africa Co., Limited, and
South African Iron and Steel Industrial Corporation, Rosh 
Pinah mine. For 1972 only, Tsumeb Corp. data is for calendar year 1972. Tsumeb
Corp. production for 6 
months ending December 1971 was 30,589 short tons. 
 6 Year beginning March 21 of that stated. 
 Content of concentrate. 
 8 Contained in lead-copper concentrate. 


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