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Title: Minerals yearbook, 1990: Idaho. Annual report

Abstract

The 1990 Annual Report is on the Mineral Industry of Idaho. Idaho ranked 26th nationally for total mineral production value compared with 28th in 1989. The State was first in the Nation in antimony and garnet production; second in silver and vandaium production; and third in output of lead, molybdenum, and marketable phosphate rock.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Bureau of Mines, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
6016592
Report Number(s):
PB-93-233211/XAB
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: See also PB--91-221481
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; IDAHO; MINERAL RESOURCES; ANTIMONY; CEMENTS; COPPER; GALLIUM; GOLD; MINERAL INDUSTRY; MOLYBDENUM; PUMICE; SILVER; VANADIUM; ZINC; BUILDING MATERIALS; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; ELEMENTS; INDUSTRY; MATERIALS; METALS; NORTH AMERICA; RESOURCES; TRANSITION ELEMENTS; USA 290400* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Energy Resources

Citation Formats

Minarik, R.J., and Gillerman, V.S. Minerals yearbook, 1990: Idaho. Annual report. United States: N. p., 1992. Web.
Minarik, R.J., & Gillerman, V.S. Minerals yearbook, 1990: Idaho. Annual report. United States.
Minarik, R.J., and Gillerman, V.S. 1992. "Minerals yearbook, 1990: Idaho. Annual report". United States. doi:.
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