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Cement Raw Materials Mineral Planning Factsheet

Hope Cement Works, Derbyshire, BGS © NERC

Cement is a vitally important construction material and this factsheet provides an overview of the supply, demand, resources and industry of the raw materials that are used in the manufacture of cement in the UK. It is one of a series on economically important minerals that are extracted in the UK and is primarily intended to inform the land-use planning process.

European Mineral Statistics 2008-2012

Download European Mineral Statistics 2008-2012

This is the latest edition in the European Mineral Statistics series and provides essential information for the majority of economically important metals and minerals for 35 European Countries including European Union members, candidates and associates. It includes five year tables of production, exports and imports statistics arranged in two sections: by individual country; and by commodity with bullet points on salient features and graphics. It provides the essential background intelligence for any European minerals-related activities.

Global Mineral Statistics Centenary Symposium

Global Mineral Statistics Centenary Symposium, BGS©NERC

The Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
Wednesday 30th April 2014, 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm

For 100 years, the British Geological Survey has been compiling and publishing information on mineral production and trade from around the world and we are marking this occasion with a symposium. Our programme will include presentations by Dr Peter Buchholz (Head of DERA, the German Federal Mineral Resources Agency), Dr David Humphreys, an independent mineral economics consultant based in London, and Andrew Bloodworth, BGS’s Director of Science for Minerals and Waste.

If you would like to attend, please contact Christina Edwards

If you are interested, more BGS mineral statistics data and commodites information is available here:

World Mineral Production 2008-2012 Centenary Edition

World Mineral Production 2008-2012 Centenary Edition, BGS©NERC

Welcome to the latest edition of World Mineral Production, an annual publication from the British Geological Survey (BGS). This volume is the ‘Centenary Edition’ because the dataset that underpins this publication is continuous from 1913 to the present day, containing mineral production data by commodity, by country, in each of those 100 years. The dataset also contains import and export data for a large number of the commodities for the majority of the last century.

For this special centenary volume we have included some infographics pages for 22 commodities. These include time trend graphs to demonstrate how global production has changed over the 100 years, pie charts to illustrate changes in production concentration between 1962 and 2012 and maps of the leading producing countries in 2012. These pages also provide additional information relating to the end uses of the commodities shown and, where appropriate, their ‘risk index’ from the BGS 2012 Risk List.

The process of collection, management and delivery of data has evolved and been refined over the last 100 years in response to the changing global political, economic, technological and social conditions but the rationale for collating, analysing and publishing these statistics remains the same: to present as comprehensively and accurately as possible factual data about the world mineral industry’s activities. As the global economy recovers, mankind will continue to need minerals in increasing quantities and, consequently, these statistics remain as important today as they have always been.

Planet Earth | Mapping marine sand and gravel

City of Westminster aggregates dredger, BGS©NERC

Construction materials supplied from marine sands and gravels are important for the UK construction industry. An article, recently published in NERC’s Planet earth magazine discusses a new map of marine sand and gravel resources completed by BGS and commissioned by the Crown Estate.

Download the Planet Earth Article

Critical Metals Handbook | BGS, Wiley and American Geophysical Union

Critical Metals Handbook, BGS©NERC

The first truly authoritative book on critical metals has been published by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in collaboration with Wiley and the American Geophysical Union. The Critical Metals Handbook, which includes contributions from world-leading experts, is destined to become the ‘go-to’ reference source and will provide an excellent introduction to our most critical metallic elements. Further information.

Available in the BGS shops and via our online bookshop at a 20% discounted price – the same discounted price that is currently offered by Wiley until the end of 2014.

Technology Metals | Nature | 31st December 2013

Greenbushes mine, Bunbury, Western Australia, BGS©NERC

Recycling cannot meet the demand for rare metals used in digital and green technologies, says Andrew Bloodworth (Head of Science for Minerals and Waste at the BGS). A more holistic approach is needed. Read Andrew's article in Nature

Industrial Mineral Assessment Unit (IMAU) reports and maps

Sand & gravel, Scrooby Top, Doncaster, BGS©NERC

The entire series of the Industrial Minerals Assessment Unit (IMAU) reports and maps are now free to download (pdf format) from MineralsUK.

Opencast Coal Mining Statistics 2012

Opencast Coal, BGS©NERC

The results of the Opencast Coal Survey for 2012 are now available. Data are presented on saleable production, permitted reserves and details of sites granted and refused planning permission during 2012.

Industrial Mineral Assessment Unit (IMAU) reports and maps

Sand & gravel, Scrooby Top, Doncaster, BGS©NERC

The entire series of the Industrial Minerals Assessment Unit (IMAU) reports and maps will be made free to download (pdf format) over the next few months.

Offshore mineral resource maps

Arco Axe Frindsbury Wharf, ©BMAPA

Maps, Reports and GIS Files from the Marine Mineral Resource Assessment Project are now available to download. This two-year project was undertaken by British Geological Survey on behalf of the Crown Estate.

This information provides a consistent and comprehensive assessment of the distribution and quality of the marine aggregate resources, as well as other non-hydrocarbon minerals, of the UK continental shelf and is aimed at assisting with strategic planning activities.

United Kingdom Minerals Yearbook 2012

Roan Edge quarry, Cumbria, operated by Cemex UK Materials Ltd, BGS©NERC

This annual publication by the British Geological Survey provides comprehensive statistical data on minerals production, consumption and trade to 2011 and estimates of production for major mineral commodities in 2012. It is of value to all those interested in the many facets of Britain's minerals industry and its contribution to the national economy.

New BGS Building Stones Team web page!

Quarrymen preparing blocks of granite building stone at Rubislaw Quarry, Aberdeenshire, BGS©NERC

Building stone is one of our most important natural resources, and in most parts of the UK the local stone has for centuries provided a source of high quality, versatile and durable building material.

The BGS Building Stones Team provides specialist information and advice on building stones, quarries and building conservation to clients in all parts of the UK. Follow the links to our new web page to find out more about the team, the work we do, the services we provide, and the resources we can draw on.

Tungsten: Cutting edge and critical

BGS has produced a new video, ‘Tungsten: Cutting edge and critical’, which discusses some of the issues related to the security of supply of critical raw materials, focusing on the example of tungsten. Tungsten is an essential component of wide range of products, including hard metals, steel and other alloys, and chemicals. These are used for numerous purposes, from light bulbs and mobile phones to cutting tools and jet engines. However, more than 80 per cent of global production of tungsten originated in China in 2011 and some governments are concerned about the future availability of adequate tungsten supplies. This video highlights some of the actions required to ensure future security of supply of tungsten and other critical raw materials.

For further information please contact: Paul Lusty