31.01.2013 - U.S. gold, silver production down in 2012—USGS
The “2013 Mineral Commodities Summaries” released by the U.S. Geological Survey Tuesday revealed that, in 2012, the estimated total value of U.S. mineral production increased for the third consecutive year. The estimated value of mineral raw materials produced at U.S. mines was $76.5 billion, a slight increase from $74.8 billion in 2011, according to the USGS. Estimated total value of U.S. metal mine production in 2012 was $34.9 billion, down 3% from 2011. Principal contributors to the total value of metal mine production last year were gold (36%), copper (27%), iron ore (15%), molybdenum (10%), and zinc (4%). Average prices for most domestically mined metals decreased in 2012...............................................Full Article: Source
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