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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)

Boyle, James R.; Joiner, Thomas J.
Alabama,   pp. 33-41 ff. PDF (997.6 KB)


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 34 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 
Table 2.—Value of nonfuel mineral production in Alabama, by county1
(Thousands) 
 County 1977 1978 Mineirals ~~c~Sbn 1978 
Autau?a                             
Baldwin..                            
Barbour                             
Bibb                               
Blount                              
Calhoun                              
Cherokee_____________________________ 
Chilton                             
Clarke_____________________________ 
Clay______________________________ 
Coffee 
Colbert 
~onecuh____________________________ 
Covington___________________________ 
Crenshaw 
Dale          
Dallas 
De KaIb____________________________ 
Elmore 
Escambia 
Etowah 
Fayette____________________________ 
Franklin 
Geneva____________________________ 
Greene 
Hale____________________________ 
Henry___________________________ 
Houston____________________________ 
Jackson                           
Jefferson__________________________ 
Lamar 
Lee - 
Limestone__________________________ 
Lowndes__________________________ 
Macon 
Madison____________________________ 
Marengo                        
Marion____________________________ 
Marshall 
Mobile___________________________ 
Monroe___________________________ 
Montgomery_________________________ 
Morgan___________________________ 
Randolph___________________________ 
Russell 
St.Clair__..________________________ 
Shelby_____________________________ 
Sumter____________________________ 
Talladega_ 
Tuscaloosa 
Walker____________________________ 
Washington_________________________ 
Undistributed2 
Total 
   W    W 
   W    W 
   W    W 
   W    W 
   W    W 
   W    W 
 $101    W 
   W    W 
   W    W 
    4    $4 
   81   107 
   W    W 
   W    W 
   W  -- 
   22    W Sand and graveL 
  215    W   Do. 
   W    W Sand and gravel, clays. 
   W    W Stone. 
   W    W Sand and gravel, clays. 
   W   857   Do. 
   W    W Stone, sand and graveL 
  184   184 Sand and graveL 
   W    W Stone, sand and gravel. 
   W    W Sand and graveL 
 --    W   Do. 
  270   233   Do. 
   W    W Clays, bauxite, stone. 
   W    W Sand and graveL 
   W    W Stone. 
   .W    W Cement, stone, clays. 
   W    W Sand and graveL 
   W    W Stone. 
 - -    W Phosphate rock. 
   W    W Clays, sand and graveL 
 2,207  3,682 Sand and graveL 
   W    W Stone, sand and gravel, clays. 
   W    W Cement, stone. 
  320   275 Sand and gravel, clays. 
   W    W Stone, sand and gravel, clays. 
22,882    W Cement, sand and gravel, stone, clays. 
   38   323 Sand and graveL 
   W    W Sand and gravel, clays. 
   W    W Stone. 
   W    W Stone, mica. 
  817    W Sand andgravel, clays. 
   W    W Cement, clays, stone, sand and gravel. 
   W    W Lime, cement, stone, clays. 
   W  2,122 Clays, sand and graveL 
   W    W Stone. 
  989   913 Sand and gravel. 
  199   878 Clays. 
   W    W Salt, stone, sand and gravel. 
242,029 321,663 
 270,358 331,241 
Sand and gravel. 
Clays. 
Clays, bauxite, sand and gravel. 
Stone, clays. 
Sand and gravel, cement, stone. 
Stone, clays, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, clays. 
Sand and gravel. 
Do: 
Stone, native asphalt, sand and graveL Sand and graveL 
 W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data; included with "Undistributed."
 1The following counties are not listed because no nonfuel mineral production
was reported: Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Choctaw, Cleburne, Coosa, Cullman,
Lauderdale, Lawrence, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Tallapoosa, Wilcox, and Winston.
 2lncludes gem stones which cannot be assigned to specific counties and values
indicated by symbol W. 
 Major imports through the State Docks facilities included bauxite (877,000
tons), iron ore (1.4 million tons), manganese (58,000 tons), ilmenite (21,000
tons), and rutile (9,000 tons). In addition to direct handling of raw materials,
the general port tonnage through private facilities included 2.6 million
tons, mostly iron ore. 
 A major phase of the modernization prograin at the State Docks was completed
when a new 1,500-ton-per-hour unloader 
was put into service in 1979. This ship unloader *111 be used to more efficiently
transfer ores from ships to the recently renovated conveyor system to storage.
Recent forefgn acquisitions in the minerals industry in Alabama include Citadel
Cement's operations at Demopolis and Birmingham, now owned by Lafarge Ltd.
(Canada), and National Cement Co., Inc.'s Ragland plant, now owned by Société
des Ciments Vicat (France). In 1978, National 


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