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

Wells, J. Robert
Talc, soapstone and pyrophyllite,   pp. 1191-1199 ff. PDF (988.5 KB)


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 72,055 65,562 80,000 
 2,320 1,889 ' 1,870 
 1,027,929 1,037,297 1,107,404 
 34,066 38,705 ' 38,600 
 143,000 143,000 143,000 
 ' 2,315 1,938 2,021 
 1,899 2,177 2,477 
 132 176 243 
 702 ' 660 ' 660 
 1,801 939 1,458 
 110,406 100,995 91,725 
 69,140 110,979 99,568 
 ' 241,538 279,579 ' 280,000 
 37,265 32,692 34,743 
 6,614 2,045 ' 2,200 
 17,801 ' 17,600 ' 17,600 
 170,657 151,973 163,607 
 77,771 "78,000 ' 78,000 
 1,992 1,405 1,327 
 62,532 ' 65,000 65,000 
 43,665 44,911 ' 45,200 
 ' 35,688 26,505 ' 26,450 
 ' 420,000 ' 420,000 ' 430,000 
 12,074 ' 12,000 ' 12,000 
 ' 40 143 
 7,151 6,968 
 249 (' ) 
 13,657 12,975 
 280 225 
 (4) 160 
' 6,940 
11,926 
' 220 4,905 
Oceania: Australia (talc) 141,253 
 235 237 ' 240 
 165,000 165,000 165,000 
 185,641 208,094 209,189 
 ' 1,847,855 1,731,827 1,661,114 
 88,000 99,000 110,000 
 224,952 234,185 259,867 
 3,900 ' 5,200 4,846 
 1,753 1,452 1,110 
 42,678 43,036 27,328 
 -- 55 1,709 
 62,186 ' 62,000 
Total ' 5,316,006 
 5,206,770 5,251,547 
 TALC, SOAPSTONE, AND PYROPHYLL1TE~ 1197 
short tons annually throughout the last ports. In ~972~ Sweden's mines yielded
decade, but consumption of those materials 26,450 tons off talc-group minerals,
and has consistently exceeded the domestic out- 24,000 tons was-~ imported
at a total cost of put, and imports (chiefly from Austria and $1.5 millions.
Obly 1,800 tons, valued at Norway) have substantially outweighed cx- $38,000,
wa&exported. 
Table 8.—Talc, soapstone, and pyrophyllite: World~ production by country
(Short tons) 
Country' 1970 1971 1972 P 
North America: 
Canada (shipments)                              
Mexico                                      
United States                                     
South America: 
Argentina                                    
 Brazil(talc)' -. 
 Chile - 
Colombia______________________________________ 
Paraguay                                   
 Peru (pyrophyllite) -- 
 Uruguay (ground talc)                              
Europe: 
Austria 
Finland                                        
France________________________________________ 
Germany, West (marketable) 
Greece________________________________________ 
 Hungary  -________ 
 Italy (talc and steatite)          
 Norway (ground talc) 
 Portugal 
 Romania 
 Spain                                         
 Sweden          —---.________________ 
 U.S.S.R.' 
 United Kingdom 
Africa: 
Botswana 
Egypt, Arab Republic of 
Morocco                                       
South Africa, Republic of' 
Swaziland (pyrophyllite) 
Zambia 
Asia: 
Burma 
China, People's Republic of '  
India 
Japan' 
Korea, North' 
Korea, Republic of (talc and pyrophyllite) 
Pakistan (soapstone) 
Philippines 
Taiwan (soapstone) 
Thailand (pyrophyllite) 
 ' Estimate. P Preliminary. ' Revised. 
 ' In addition to the countries listed, Southern Rhodeda is believed to produce
talc, but available information is inadequate to make estimates of output
levels. 
2 Revised to zero. 
 ' Includes talc and wonderstone (pyrophyllite). 
 Less than ~ unit. 
 ' Includes talc and pyrophyllite; in addition, pyrophyllite clay is produced
as follows in short tons: 1970— 507,112; 1971—354,160; 1972—343,180


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