This page provides information and links to pages recently added to the ‘mineralsUK.com’ website.
Planet Earth | Mapping marine sand and gravel
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.
Critical Metals Handbook | BGS, Wiley and American Geophysical Union
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.
Technology Metals | Nature | 31st December 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
European Mineral Statistics 2007-2011
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.
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
World Mineral Statistics Data Download
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is pleased to announce an exciting new edition to the online World Mineral Statistics archive. Users are now able to freely download selected data in Microsoft Excel format, direct from the archive.
The BGS and its predecessor organisations have compiled production and trade statistics on a wide range of mineral commodities, by country, annually since 1913. In recent years extensive work has been carried out improve the accessibility of this valuable dataset. Previously, all of the legacy books have been scanned and made available to download as "pdf" files. In this latest development the BGS have developed an innovative and interactive tool which enables users to specify the commodity, years and countries for which they require data and generate a spreadsheet matching their requirements.
In this current release, data are available for the 20 years from 1992 to 2011; a longer time series than is available from most other organisations collating similar data on such an extensive scale. In future, the BGS intends to add further years from the historical dataset to this interactive tool.
These data provide essential mineral intelligence for analyses relating to security of supply concerns, economic or environmental research, sustainable development planning, regulation or policy issues and many other applications.
For further information please contact: Teresa Brown
World Mineral Production 2007-2011
The British Geological Survey has one of the largest databases in the world on the production of minerals. This publication is the latest in the long-running World Mineral Statistics (WMS) series and includes five year tables of production, by country, for the majority of economically important metals and industrial minerals. The data for 2011 represents the 99th year of this dataset which includes this publication and its predecessors World Mineral Statistics and Statistical Summary of the Minerals Industry. All of these editions are available from our online archive.
To improve data coverage for some of the rarer metals, which are so important for the latest technologies, this volume also includes production data relating to indium and rhenium and some information relating to gallium.