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Potash Availability - Market Economy Countries. A Minerals Availability Appraisal.
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The Bureau of Mines investigated the availability of potash from 68 mines and deposits in 12 market economy countries (mec's) containing, at the demonstrated resource level, approximately 11.7 billion metric tons (mt) of potash in assay terms of contained K2O as used by industry as a standard of comparison for the different forms of potash. These resources include almost 190 million mt in the United States, 9.63 billion mt in Canada, approximately 430 million mt in Western Europe (France, Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom), 1.24 billion mt in the middle east (Israel and Jordan), and over 220 million mt in other countries (Brazil, Chile, and the Congo). This analysis has determined that future production of potash in mec's will most likely continue to be from the large resources associated with producing operations in Canada. Based solely on the demonstrated resources included in this study, potash mining in the United States would decline while overseas production from mec's can continue into the next century at near current production levels. However, timely development of new or inferred resources would offset any such decline. Producing mines in Canada have the resources to increase and maintain increased production well into the next century. For U.S. potash users, Canada is a long-term stable and secure source.
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