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Gold Availability - World. a Minerals Availability Appraisal.
Thomas PR; Boyle EH Jr.
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9070, 1986 Jan; :1-87
The Bureau of Mines evaluated the long-term cost and availability of primary gold production from 135 Mines and deposits worldwide. Collectively, the evaluated countries represent 93 pct of world gold production. Total recoverable gold available (as of January 1984) from a subset of 111 significant producing mines and developing deposits in 13 market economy countries (MEC's) is estimated at 810 million tr oz. Major conclusions are that (1) South Africa should remain the largest world producer through the year 2000, (2) annual MEC output in 2000 should not be significantly different than current output given constant 1984 gold prices of more than $300/tr oz, and (3) there may be a significant decline in production after 2010 in the absence of major new discoveries and continued development of new mines to offset the depletion of the South African mines.
Gold; Mining; Reserves; Mineral deposits
IH; Information Circular
NTIS Accession No.
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9070
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