Socioeconomic aspects of mining in selected cities. Urbanization and surface mining, Atlanta, Georgia.
French-RR; Stuart-AW; White-DH Jr.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8477, 1970 Jan; :1-50
The industrial minerals industry in the Atlanta, Georgia, area was studied in order to better understand problems associated with exploiting mineral resources in and near metropolitan areas. A method for delineating the Atlanta urban area and its component parts was developed so that the factors affecting the location of the minerals industry could be viewed more objectively in the urban context. Major attention is focused on the area's dominant crushed stone subindustry. Demographic and socioeconomic analysis of the Atlanta, Georgia, area shows that expansion of the metropolis and its environs will probably eliminate potential mineral resources from the mineral resource base in the area, and that the expanding metropolis will be the primary determinant of future mining sites. Competition for land is accentuated to varying degrees by the incompatibility of mining operations with residential and other environmental requirements. Areas of consideration are suggested to provide maximum development of land and resources for greatest economic benefits at minimum social cost. Further research is recommended to determine market locations in urban areas, optimum operating levels for industrial minerals plants, and alternatives to surface mining.
Mineral-processing; Minerals; Stone-processing; Stone-mines; Mining-industry; Environmental-pollution; Environmental-protection
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Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8477