Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook 1990
Year 1990, Volume 2 (1990)
White, Doss H., Jr.; Dean, Lewis S.
Alabama, pp. -52 ff. PDF (1.5 MB)
Mineral 1988 1989 1990 . Quanttty Value (thousands) . Quantlty Value (thousands) . Quantity Value (thousands) Cement: 273 3,524 2,282,670 NA 1,450 11,742 871 ' 29,700 . $16,457 157,214 16,039 5 66,576 41,417 8,507 °l40,l00 252 3,169 1,878,070 NA 1,481 °10,400 805 ~3l,737 $13,852 130,590 18,537 W 70,361 °36,500 8,092 ~l67,332 262 3,585 2,049,776 NA 1,526 14,103 878 ~36,l00 $15,462 165,344 27,747 W 70,816 50,243 9,075 ' 202,400 Masonry thousand short tons Portland do. CIays~ metric tons Gemstones Lime thousandshorttons Sand and gravel: Construction do. Industrial do. Stone (crushed) do. Combined value of bauxite, clays (bentonite, kaolin 1990), salt, stone (crushed granite 1989-90, dimension), talc and pyrophyllite, zircon concentrates, (1988-89), and value indicated by symbol W Total XX 19,552 XX 560,639 ALABAMA—l990 43THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF ALABAMA This chapter has been prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Geological Survey of Alabama for collecting information on all nonfuel minerals. By Doss H. White, Jr. ,~ and Lewis S. Dean2 Alabama's nonfuel mineral industry produced $560.6 million of mineral commodities in 1990. This was an increase of $99 million over the 1989 value and a new State record, a record achieved despite the slowdown in the national economy. This was the first year that Alabama's mineral value exceeded one-half of 1 billion dollars. The value of stone and cement, the two leading mineral commodities in terms of sales, increased $71 million over that reported for 1989 and was the primary reason for the new mineral value record. The State ranked 21st among the 50 . States in total mineral value and contributed 1.68 % of the total U.S. mineral value of $33.3 billion. TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTh The year marked the fifth consecutive that the value of Alabama's mineral production increased. During the past 10 years, value has risen $246 million, from $314 in 1981 to $560 million in 1990, and the value of nonfuel mineral production totaled $4. 1 billion. In 1990, capital investments in new and/or expanding mineral-related industries totaled $266.6 million. Industrial minerals had 3 new and 11 expanding facilities, while cement and concrete had 6 expanding operations. Fuel minerals had 7 expansions, and primary metals had 4 new and 33 expansions. The industrial mineral sector included new or expanding facilities for the mining or manufacturing of calcium carbonate, clays, ferroalloys (silicon), limestone, marble, salt brines, sand and gravel, and talc. The Alabama State Docks at Mobile established a fourth consecutive tonnage record, and a significant amount of the materials handled were minerals. The Bulk Materials Handling Plant transshipped 1 .9 million short tons of ~ mineral commodities. Iron ore imports, ~ 1.2 million short tons, increased 21 % due - to increased demand for raw material by Gulf States Steel in Gadsden. Other mineral commodities passing through the port included copper slag, furnace coke, gypsum, magnetite, manganese, petroleum, potash, rutile, and talc. TABLE 1 NONFUEL MINERAL PRODUCTION IN ALABAMA' XX 13,180 XX r15,489 XX 459,495 XX 460,753 ~Estimatcd. ' Reviscd. NA Not available. W WItb1~1d to avoid discloalng company proprictaxy data; vah~ melded with .g~ac~j value, figum.XX Not applicable. ' Production as n~asured by rnii~ sbipe~nts, sales, or marketable production (incltaling conswnption by producers). ~ certain clays; kiisl aixi value incitsIed with ~ ~ data. ' Excludes certain stot~s; kind aixl vaha included with ~COmb1ced ~ data.
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