Arizona is a leader in US mineral resources. Every year Arizona leads America in mining production. In 2006, Arizona mineral production rose to nearly 7 billion dollars. Most of that, more than 5 billion dollars, involved copper production. Other major mineral commodities include industrial minerals – we were second in sand and gravel production, gold, silver, molybdenum, gemstones, uranium, coal, gypsum and salt, to name just major commodities.
Over the years, the Arizona Geological Survey’s quarterly magazine, Arizona Geology, has hosted numerous articles addressing mineral resources, their genesis, distribution, mining, and what the future holds for Arizona’s mineral commodities. In the pages of Arizona Geology, you’ll also find topical information on geothermal resources, helium production, and uranium ore genesis, among other things.
To better serve those of our constituents with an interest in minerals and mining, we include here some of Arizona Geology’s best and most relevant mineral articles as free PDF downloads.