Lessons from 100 years of mineral data
Published: Wednesday, 31 December 2014
With the recent publication of data for 2012, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has 100 years of continuous mineral production data - but what do they tell us about worldwide industrial mineral production? Teresa Brown analyses some of these trends and what they say about the industry as a whole.
By Teresa Brown
It is probably no surprise that global production of
industrial minerals has increased dramatically between 1913 and
2012, but closer examination of the data reveals the staggering
scale of the increase. For example, production of graphite in
1913 was slightly more than 143,000 tonnes, whereas in...