USGS Open-File Report 2006-1375

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Mineral Facilities of Latin America and Canada

By Rachel Bernstein, Mike Eros, and Meliany Quintana-Velázquez


A sample section of the South American map showing mineral sources.

This data set consists of records for over 900 mineral facilities in Latin America and Canada. The mineral facilities include mines, plants, smelters, or refineries of aluminum, cement, coal, copper, diamond, gold, iron and steel, nickel, platinum-group metals, salt, and silver, among others. Records include attributes such as commodity, country, location, company name, facility type and capacity if applicable, and generalized coordinates. The data were compiled from multiple sources, including the 2003 and 2004 USGS Minerals Yearbooks (Latin America and Candada volume), data to be published in the 2005 Minerals Yearbook Latin America and Canada Volume, minerals statistics and information from the USGS minerals information Web site (, and data collected by USGS minerals information country specialists. Data reflect the most recent published table of industry structure for each country. Other sources include statistical publications of individual countries, annual reports and press releases of operating companies,and trade journals. Due to the sensitivity of some energy commodity data, the quality of these data should be evaluated on a country-by-country basis. Additional information and explanation is available from the country specialists.

This report is contained in the following files:

USGS ofr2006–1375 (map) (2.08MB)

USGS ofr2006–1375 (metadata)

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USGS ofr2006–1375 (PDF) (1.3MB)

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