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Nonfuel Mineral Production Increases
February 12, 2013 | United States Geological Survey

Nonfuel mineral production values increased in the United States for the third consecutive year, up $1.7 billion since 2011. [...] The estimated value of mineral raw materials produced at mines in the United States in 2012 was $76.5 billion, a slight increase from $74.8 billion in 2011. Net exports of mineral raw materials and old scrap contributed an additional $21 billion to the U.S. economy.

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Mineral Rights
April 17, 2014 |
In most countries all mineral resources belong to the government. This includes all valuable rocks, minerals, oil or gas found on or within the Earth. In the United States ownership of mineral resources was originally granted to the individuals or organizations that owned the surface. These property owners had both "surface rights" and "mineral rights". Since then the owners have enjoyed the freedom to sell, lease, gift or bequest these rights individually or entirely to others. Now a single plot of land on the surface can have several different subsurface owners!

Frac Sand Production Keeps Rising
March 23, 2014 |
An estimated 32 million tons of frac sand was produced by United States quarries during 2013. That is over a 300% increase in production over the 2009 tonnage. Frac sand is used as a proppant in the hydraulic fracturing process used to increase the production of oil and gas wells drilled in shale and other tight formations.

Rock and Mineral Identification
April 17, 2014 | Store
The ability to identify rocks and minerals in the field is a very important skill. The store has a selection of rock, mineral, fossil and gem mineral kits that can be used for learning and practice. Testing tools are also available.

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