US Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey
Open-File Report 00-389
Online version 1.0


20th Century U.S. Mineral Prices Decline in Constant Dollars

By Daniel E. Sullivan, John L. Sznopek, and Lorie A. Wagner



Price indexes developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indicate that the long-term constant dollar price of key U.S. mineral raw materials declined over the last century, even though the need for mineral raw materials increased during the same period. Technologies and reduced production costs have allowed mineral production to remain profitable, while lower priced mineral products from domestic and foreign sources helped fuel growth in other sectors of the economy.


Download the complete report as a PDF document (124 Kb)


If you wish to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader free of charge, click here.

Get Acrobat

For questions about the content of this report, contact Dan Sullivan

This report is only available on the web.

URL of this page:
Maintained by: John Watson
Last modified: 10.11.00