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Minerals Information products focus on the worldwide supply of, demand for, and flow of minerals and materials.

Through the National Minerals Information Center (NMIC), the USGS canvasses companies involved in the nonfuel mining and mineral processing industries and obtains data from foreign governments and other sources. The data received form the basis of periodical publications (monthly, quarterly, and annual) that provide timely statistical data on production, distribution, stocks, and consumption of significant mineral commodities. The Center also conducts analyses of and develops information on minerals-related issues, including minerals conservation, sustainability, availability, materials flow, and the economic health of the U.S. minerals industry. A staff of specialists is available to answer questions.


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NMIC Information Sheet


bullet Historical and Time Series Data

Data Series 140 - Historical Statistics for Mineral and Material Commodities in the United States - A compilation of data on mineral production, imports, exports, stocks, reported and apparent consumption, and unit value (the value in dollars of a metric ton of apparent consumption) for approximately 90 mineral commodities from as far back as 1900.

Data Series 896 - Historical Global Statistics for Mineral and Material Commodities - A compilation of global mineral production data for selected mineral and material commodities from as far back as 1990.

Historical Events in Minerals and Materials - A compilation of sigificant events affecting mineral commodities from 1900 to 2000, as reported in the year 2000 edition of the Minerals Yearbook Volume I.

Metal Prices in the United States through 2010
Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5188

bullet Materials Flow, Recycling, Supply Chain, and Sustainability Publications

Fact sheets, open-file reports, and scientific investigation reports - describe the flow of materials from source to ultimate disposition to help better understand the economy, manage the use of natural resources, and protect the environment.

Recycling - statistical periodicals and special studies

bullet Periodic Publications

Mineral Commodity Summaries (Annual)

Published on an annual basis, this report is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering nonfuel mineral industry data. Data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for over 90 individual minerals and materials.

Minerals Yearbook (Annual)

The Minerals Yearbook is an annual publication that reviews the mineral and material industries of the United States and foreign countries. The Yearbook contains statistical data on materials and minerals and includes information on economic and technical trends and development. The Minerals Yearbook includes chapters on approximately 90 mineral commodities and over 175 countries.

Mineral Industry Surveys (Monthly/Quarterly/Annual)

Mineral Industry Surveys (MIS) are periodic on-line statistical and economic publications designed to provide timely statistical data on production, distribution, stocks, and consumption of significant mineral commodities. These publications are issued monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Metal Industry Indicators (Monthly)

The Metal Industry Indicators (MII) is a monthly on-line newsletter that analyzes and forecasts the economic health of five metal industries: primary metals, steel, copper, primary and secondary aluminum, and aluminum mill products. The MII presents composite leading and coincident indexes of a set of indicators that historically have proven to lead or coincide with the major business cycle changes in these industries. The indexes were developed in cooperation with the Center for International Business Cycle Research at Columbia University. Each month, these indexes are analyzed along with any economy-wide occurrences that would affect the metals industries.

Nonmetallic Mineral Products Industry Indexes (Monthly)

The USGS has prepared leading and coincident indexes for the Nonmetallic Mineral Products Industry (NAICS 327).  These indexes are similar to the ones in Metal Industry Indicators. Historical data for these indexes are available back to 1948.

bullet Special Publications


bullet CD-ROM

The Mineral Economy of Brazil (DDS-53)

This study is a cooperative report between the Ministerio de Minas e Energia and the Department of the Interior. It depicts the Brazilian Government structure, mineral legislation and investment policy, taxation, foreign investment policies, environmental laws and regulations, and conditions in which the mineral industry operates. A total of 37 mineral commodities, or groups of closely related commodities, is discussed. Two colored maps of Brazil, "Tectono-Geological Map" and "Map Showing Major Deposits and Garimpos," are included. The report is in both English and Portuguese in PDF format.
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