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Open-File Report 2013–1184

U.S. Mineral Dependence—Statistical Compilation of U.S. and World Mineral Production, Consumption, and Trade, 1990–2010

By James J. Barry, Grecia R. Matos, and W. David Menzie

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This report provides insight into the dependence of the United States on foreign supply to meet the country’s mineral needs. When determining vulnerabilities to the U.S. supply, it is not enough to look solely at the mining source for each mineral to determine the potential impact that a supply disruption might have on the Nation’s economy. The tables that accompany this report help to illustrate the importance not only of the mining and processing of minerals but also the exporting countries and end uses. Understanding the total risks and costs of supply disruptions along the supply chain are beyond the scope of this report. However, this overview of mineral production, consumption, and trade highlights the importance of understanding what is happening at each point along the supply chain.

First posted August 29, 2013

For additional information contact:
Director, National Minerals Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 20192

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Suggested citation:

Barry, J.J., Matos, G.R., and Menzie, W.D., 2013, U.S. mineral dependence—Statistical compilation of U.S. and world mineral production, consumption, and trade, 1990–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1184, 6 p.,

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