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Open-File Report 2013–1091

Review of Selected Global Mineral Industries in 2011 and an Outlook to 2017

By W. David Menzie, Yadira Soto-Viruet, Omayra Bermúdez-Lugo, Philip M. Mobbs, Alberto Alexander Perez, Mowafa Taib, Susan Wacaster, and Staff

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This report reviews the world production of selected mineral commodities in 2011 and includes output projections (based on planned capacity expansions) through 2017. It also includes brief discussions of several issues that are of importance to the mineral sector, including the world economy, the availability of strategic minerals, significant company mergers and acquisitions in 2011, exploration investment made during the year, and the moves towards resource nationalization and expropriation of mineral assets by national Governments.

First posted April 29, 2013

For additional information contact:
W. David Menzie
Telephone: (703) 648-7732


Director, National Minerals Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
Telephone: (703) 648-4961

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Suggested citation:

Menzie, W.D., Soto-Viruet, Yadira, Bermúdez-Lugo, Omayra, Mobbs, P.M., Perez, A.A., Taib, Mowafa, Wacaster, Susan, and Staff, 2013, Review of selected global mineral industries in 2011 and an outlook to 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1091, 33 p.,



Economic Conditions

Mineral Markets

Strategic Minerals

Mergers and Acquisitions


Resource Nationalization


References Cited

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