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

Sheridan, Eugene T.
Peat,   pp. 897-904 PDF (828.0 KB)


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use as poultry-and-stable-grade peat and fertilizer-grade peat. Of the total
imported, 99% was duty-free fertilizer-grade peat. A duty of $0.25 per long
ton was levied on poultry-and-stabk-grade peat. 
 Foreign peat entered the United States 
Table 9.—Peat moss imported for consumption from Canada and West Germany
in 1972, 
by grade and customs district 
Customs district 
Canada 
West Germany 
Poultry and stable grade 
Short Value tons (thou- 
sands) 
Fertilizer 
Short 
tons 
grade 
Value 
(thou- 
sands) 
Poultry and stable grade 
— Short Value tons (thou- 
sands) 
Fertilizer 
Short 
tons 
grade 
Value 
(thou 
sands) 
Baltimore Md  
Boston, Mass             
Buffalo, N.Y                
Charleston, S.C            
Detroit, Mich             
Duluth, Minn             
GreatFalis, Mont          
Honolulu, Hawaii           
Houston, Tex             
Los Angeles, Calif          
Miami, Fla               
Mobile, Ala               
New Orleans, La           
New York, N.Y            
Norfolk, Va               
Ogdensburg, N.Y  
Pembina,N.Dak            
Philadelphia, Pa             
Portland, Maine          
Portland, Oreg           
St. Albans, Vt             
San Francisco, Calif  
San Juan, P.R  
Savannah, Ga               
Seattle, Wash               
Tampa, Fla                
Total                
 - - - - - - - - 135 $11 - - - - 142 11 - - - - 22 1 6 1 -- -- - - - - -
- -- -- -- -- - - - - - - - - - - 19 1 1,174 80 
 - - - - 542 56 
 - - - - 17 1 -- -- - - -- -- -- - - -- - - - - 
- - 
57 
22,982 
- - 
44,977 
3,230 
8,557 
- - 
- - 
85,054 
21,059 
-- 
12,999 
- 
45,273 
- - 
- - 
- - 
52,555 
- - 
- - 
$3 
1,237 
- - 
2,880 
284 
491 
- - 
- - 
- - 
4,234 
1,113 
- - 
658 
- - 
2,236 
- - 
- - 
3,199 
- - 
 17 $1 - - - - -- -- 17 1 - - - - - - - - -- -- -- -- - - - - - - -- -- -
- 428 23 - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - -- -- 109 5 - - - - 32 2 -- -- 69
6 -- -- 130 6 - - - 55 2 
994 
- - 
- - 
- - 
203 
659 
141 
1,346 
144 
720 
298 
- - 
-~ 
378 
- - 
102 
636 
769 
205 
- - 
742 
$45 
- - 
11 
42 
9 
76 
6 
45 
13 
-- 
22 
5 
-_ 
71 
53 
12 
- - 
40 
 2,057 162 
296,743 
16,335 
 857 46 
7,337 
450 
902 
MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
through 26 customs districts in 1972, but 88% of the total was shipped through
the Buffalo and Ogdensburg, N.Y.; Detroit, Mich.; Pembina, N. Dak.; St. Albans,
Vt.; and Seattle, Wash., customs districts. The largest quantity, 85,000
tons, was shipped through the Ogdensburg district. 
WORLD REVIEW 
 World production of peat in 1972 was estimated at 89 million short tons.
While this appears to be less than one-half the quantity previously estimated
for 1971 world output, it in actuality reflects a revision in the data previously
reported for the U.S.S.R. Output statistics for the U.S.S.R. in 1972 and
previous years were adjusted downward to reflect reported data based upon
study tour reports and fully documented official production figures. The
data now exclude peat produced by collective farms in the U.S.S.R., which
had previously been estimated but for which no reliable data could be obtained.
 Despite the exclusion of a portion of the total Soviet output, the U.S.S.R.
was by far the largest peat producer with an esti 
mated 89% of the world production. According to published Soviet figures,
30 million tons of -peat was produced by State enterprises for agricultural
use, and about 50 million tons was produced for fuel. Agricultural peat was
used for general soil improvement and the manufacture of fertilizers, and
fuel peat was used for generating electric power and for domestic and industrial
heating. 
 Ireland ranked second in peat production with an estimated output of 5.8
million short tons. Virtually all of Ireland's production was fuel peat that
was used for electric-power generating and household heating. A small amount
of agricultural peat was produced, principally for export. 
 West Germany, the third-ranking peat 


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