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

Boyle, James R.; Olson, Norman K.
South Carolina,   pp. 469-476 PDF (856.4 KB)


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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 
Table 2.—Value of nonfuel mineral production in South Carolina,
by
county' 
(Thousands) 
County 
1977 
1978 
Minerals ~ro~ce0aii~~ 1978 
Aiken                
Anderson              
Bamberg              
Berkeley               
Charleston             
Cherokee              
$14,366 
 W 
 70 
3,184 
606 
3,424 
$17,100 
 W 
 115 
 W 
 283 
4,185 
Clays,sandandgravel. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
SandandgraveL 
Stone. 
Sand and gravel. 
Stone, clays, sand and gravel, mica, manganiferous ore. 
Sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, stone. 
Sand and gravel. 
Sandandgravel,peat. 
SandandgraveL 
Cement, stone, clays, sand and gravel. 
Clays. 
Stone. 
Chestar               
ChesterfielcL            
Clarendon              
Colleton               
Dillon                
Dorchester             
Edgefield              
FairfieliL              
W 
W 
140 
W 
84 
36,670 
76 
W 
W 
W 
140 
W 
W 
50,849 
17 
W 
Florence               
Georgetown             
Greenvllle              
1,028 W 
W 
1,001 W 
W 
Sand and gravel. 
Stone, sand and gravel. Do. 
Greenwood             
Horry                
Jasper                
Kershaw              
Lancaster              
Laurens               
Lexington             
Marion               
Marlboro              
Newberry              
Oconee                
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
32 
163 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
W 
52 
368 
Stone, clays, sand and graveL 
Sand and gravel, stone, clays. 
Sandandgravel. 
Sandandgravel,clays,stone. 
Mica, sand and gravel, clays. 
Vermiculite, stone. 
Sand and gravel, stone, clays. 
Clays, sandandgravel. 
Sand and gravel, clays. 
Clays. 
Stone. 
Orangeburg             
Pickens               
Richiand              
Saluda                
Spartanburg            
Sumter               
Union                
York                 
Undistributed2           
 Total3             
29,251 
 W* 
 W 
 6 
 W 
 W 
 W 
 W 
55,099 
38,752 
 W 
 W 
 52 
 W 
2,820 W 
 W 
67,069 
Cement, stone, clays, sand and gravel. 
Stone. 
Stone, clays, sand and graveL 
Clays. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, clays. 
SandandgraveL 
Stone, sand and gravel, clays. 
144,201 
182,801 
 W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary date; included with "Undistributed."
 ' The following counties are not listed because no nonfuel mineral production
was reported: Abbeville, Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Darlington,
Hampton, Lee, McCormick, and Williamsburg. 
 2lncludes gem stones and values indicated by symbol W. 
3Data may not add to totals shown because of independent rounding. 
$400 million aluminum-reduction plant in and report Statewide mapping needs.
The Berkeley County. The plant, with a planned 22-member committee, composed
of reprecapacity of 197,000 tons per year, was sched- sentatives from the
public and private seculed for completion in 1980 and was ex- tors, was expected
to consolidate Statewide pected to be operating at full capacity in mapping
requirements into an annual re1981. Alumax planned to import alumina port
to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), from Australia through the port of
Charles- develop standards for mapping in the State, ton in monthly shipments
of about 30,000 to eliminate unnecessary duplication of map40,000 tons each.
It was projected that the ping efforts, and develop Statewide support plant
will require 350 megawatts of electric- for coordinated and cost-effective
financing ity, and plans were for South Carolina of mapping programs. 
Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) to The USGS and the Federal Bureau
of supply this electricity from its expanded Mines conducted a study of a
1,500-acre Winyah Electric Generating Station near area in the Wambaw Swamp
in eastern Georgetown. Of the total investment, Alu- South Carolina that
was proposed for desigmax expected to spend approximately $40 nation as a
Federal wilderness area. Almillion on pollution control equipment. though
phosphate, uranium, peat, sand, 
 Nassau Recycle Corp. was investing $50 heavy minerals, and clay exist within
the million in a new recycling facility south of study area, the area has
a low potential for Columbia near Gaston. The facility was mineral development
because these minerplanned as a center to recycle copper and als are present
only in limited amounts. In other metals for the Bell Telephone system. addition,
the phosphate and uranium in the 
 Legislation and Government Pro- area are of considerably lower grade t~ian
grams.—A South Carolina Mapping Adviso- that presently being mined
elsewhere in the ry Committee was established to consider United States.


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