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

Arndt, Robert H.; Burchett, Raymond R.
Nebraska,   pp. 329-336 PDF (836.9 KB)

Page 335

Agricultural limestone_____________ 
Poultry grit and mineral food_________ 
Dense-graded roadbase stone  
Surface treatment aggregate_________ 
Other construction aggregate and roadstone_________________________ 
Other uses'  
 196 509 157 478 167 589 
 W W W W 257 2,867 
 1,253 4,034 1,432 4,992 1,154 4,696 
 187 579 40 W W W 
 604 1,776 812 2,951 829 3,408 
 331 1,142 209 785 910 3,594 
 68 195 209 907 189 871 
 5 W —— —— 4 17 
 41 287 W W W W 
 1,442 4,451 1,343 4,645 1,486 3,321 
 4,995 19,362 
 THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF NEBRASKA 335Lead bullion from smelters was processed
year in 1978, and six had similar production in 1979. Sixteen quarries in
1978 and 12 in 1979 had production of less than 100,000 tons per year. Output
from quarries in this category was just over 12% of the State's total output
in 1978 and almost 8% in 1979. By contrast, the four largest producing quarries
supplied more than 68% of the State's total production in both years. 
 Only limestone was quarried. It was marketed as crushed stone. During the
biennium, almost two-thirds of the crushed stone was used as aggregates,
including those to be used with concrete and bituminous materials for surface
treatment of roads and other unspecified activities. 0th- 
er uses—agricultural stone, riprap and jetty stone, and mineral
from 1% to 5% of total output. Quantities of crushed stone sold for flux,
dense roadbase, railroad ballast, asphalt filler, and filter stone were each
generally less than 1%. As a commodity of relatively low value, stone tends
to be produced as close to the market as possible. Thus, about 84% of all
the stone transported in the State was shipped by truck. Railroads handled
almost 14% of the stone. About 2% of the stone was carried by waterway, principally,
on the Missouri River. Less than 0.5% of the stone was carried by other means.
Table 6.—Nebraska: Crushed limestone1 sold or used by producers,
(Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) 
 1978 1979 
Use Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value 
 4,128 12,974 4,201 14,758 
 W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data; included with "Other
 ' Includes stone used in bituminous aggregate, railroad ballast, filter
stone (1977-78), cement manufacture, and data indicated by symbol W. 
 2Data may not add to totals shown because of independent rounding. 
 Talc.—Cyprus Industrial Minerals Co. ground talc from southwestern
Montana at its Grand Island mill. The ground talc was sold for use in manufacturing
a wide range of personal, ceramic, plastic, and other products. 
 Vermiculite.—W. R. Grace & Co., Construction Products
exfoliated vermiculite from Libby, Mont., in its plant near Omaha. Exfoliated
vermiculite was used as concrete and plaster aggregate, loose fill and block
insulation, for horticulture and soil conditioning, and in fireproofing.
at the Omaha refinery of ASARCO Inc., to produce refined and antimonial lead
and refined bismuth. The refinery also recovered antimony, antimony oxide,
dore containing silver and gold, copper, and zinc. Late in 1978, the firm
completed construction and put onstream an automated, enclosed, and environmentally
clean plant designed to produce 2,700 tons of antimony oxide per year. Total
rated annual capacity of the refinery is 180,000 tons of metal. 
 ' State mineral specialist, Bureau of Mines, Denver, Cob. 
 2Research geologist, Nebraska Geological Survey, Lincoln, Nebr. 

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