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Mercury availability - market economy countries. A minerals availability appraisal.
Mishra-CP; Wilburn-DR; Hartos-DG; Sheng-Fogg-CD; Bowyer-RC
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9038, 1985 Jan; :1-18
The Bureau of Mines investigated the availability of mercury from 22 deposits in market economy countries. The 15 significant deposits evaluated have demonstrated resources of approximately 25 million metric tons of ore containing 5.3 million flasks of mercury and account for more than 85 pct of the demonstrated resources for market economy countries. Using data gathered as part of its minerals availability program, the Bureau determined the mercury production potential of each deposit. At a January 1984 mercury market price of $300 per flask, the deposits evaluated could economically produce an estimated 2.5 million flasks of mercury from six mines operating at the time of this study; no mercury is available at this price from nonproducing operations. At $600 per flask, approximatley 4.5 million flasks of mercury are available. For production costs up to $300 per flask, operating mines could supply mercury at the current production rate of 114,000 flasks per year until 1988, when the amount of mercury available from these deposits would decrease. This decline could be offset by the development of resources currently reported at the identified level (17 million flasks) at much higher production costs.
Mercury ore deposits; Mineral economics; Mining; Reserves; Production; Availability; Market research; Evaluation; Cost analysis
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Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9038
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