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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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Table 32.—Lead: World smelter production by country' 
(Short tons) 
Country 1970 1971 1972 ' I 
North America: 
   Canada(refined) ' 204,630 185,582 208,620 
   Guatemala2 83 99 24 
   Mexico (refined) 165,645 150,070 178,307 
   UnitedStates(refined)' 666,730 650,015 695,659 
South America: 
   Argentina 42,000 48,000 43,500 
   Bolivia (refined, including solder) 9 20 ' 22 
   Brazil 21,259 28,287 27,594 
   Peru (refined) 79,340 74,004 94,311 
Europe: 
   Austria4 9,637 10,267 10,777 
   Belgium 98,549 87,413 ' 99,200 
   Bulgaria2 108,700 ' 110,000 ellO,000 
   Czechoslovakia2 19,417 19,412 ' 19,400 
   France 132,207 119,314 150,002 
   Germany, East 27,000 22,000 20,900 
   Germany, West ' 124,340 108,470 112,440 
   Greece (refined) 15,722 12,912 17,747 
   Hungary'2 790 790 790 
   Italy 59,842 53,343 55,756 
   Netherlands 19,415 26,172 24,230 
   Poland (refined) 60,100 66,400 71,980 
   Portugal (refined) 631 1,300 1,300 
   Romaniae 40,000 40,000 40,000 
   Spain ' 83,270 83,602 101,566 
   Sweden (refined) 44,800 35,500 52,470 
   U.S.S.R, (primary) '  485,000 490,000 510,000 
   UnitedKingdom' 48,246 42,580 27,615 
   Yugoslavia (refined)2 107,364 109,282 96,448 
Africa: 
   Morocco 27,449 20,631 -- 
   South-West Africa, Territory of (refined) 6 77,304 64,838 70,505 
   Tunisia ~24,847 21,119 27,638 
   Zambia (refined) 30,093 30,500 28,500 
Asia: 
   Burma ' 8,555 9,576 10,946 
   China,People'sRepubbicof' 110,000 110,000 110,000 
   India 2,053 1,707 2,917 
   Iran'8 200 200 200 
   Japan (refined) 230,383 237,056 246,064 
   Korea, Northe 60,000 70,000 70,000 
   Korea, Republic of 3,968 3,456 4,196 
   Turkey' 220 220 220 
Oceania: 
   Australia (refined and bullion) 388,624 356,731 383,690 
 Total ' 3,628,422 3,500,868 3,725,534 
Estimate, ' I Preliminary. ' Revised. 
1 Primary except as noted, or where source does not differentiate. 
2Includes recovery from secondary materials. 
Refined from domestic and foreign ores, excludes lead refined from imported
base bullion, Includes primary lead content of antimonial lead. 
5 bullion from imported ores and concentrates. 
' Year ended June 30 of years 1970 and 1971. Data for 1972 are for fiscal
year. Production for last 6 months 
of 1971 was 36,506 short tons. 
in lead bars plus gross weight of antimoniab bead; excludes lead in solder.
8Year beginning March 21 of year stated. 


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