The affluence of the U.S. is related directly to the ability to satisfy material needs at reasonable costs with minimal environmental impact. Our needs for minerals and mineral products should be identified in terms of the demand as well as the land that is the source of the supply. There is a growing concern regarding land use planning that is oriented to withdrawing potential mineral lands for single or limited-use purposes without adequate consideration of minerals. Federal legislation related to minerals and land use will be reviewed. Several analytical approaches are evaluated as suggested aids useful in making land use decisions that involve minerals.
Pres. At Ann. Mtg., SME, AIME, Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 25, 1976, Preprint 76-H-113