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Beryllium availability - market economy countries. A minerals availability appraisal.
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9100, 1986 Jan; :1-19
The Bureau of Mines investigated beryllium, resources, production methods, and production costs to estimate the quantity of beryllium available for future use. Eight mining districts and 12 deposits are included in the study; lack of data precluded the evaluation of resources from 6 nonproducing and undeveloped deposits. The study revealed that demonstrated beryllium-bearing resources should be sufficient to meet domestic needs and those of other market economy countries (MEC's) well into the 21st century. Total demonstrated beryllium-bearing in situ resources from MEC's are estimated at 118 million metric tons (MMT) of ore containing approximately 33,000 MT beryllium metal. Approximately 111 MMT ore containing 29,000 MT beryllium was included in the cost analysis and availability sections of this study. Three Brazilian districts currently produce beryl ore, and one domestic company, Brush Wellman Inc., produces bertrandite ore. Brush Wellman Inc. owns and operates the only MEC facility in the Western Hemisphere for extracting beryllium values from beryl and bertrandite and is the beryllium industry's only fully integrated corporation.
Mineral-processing; Minerals; Mineral-deposits; Mining-industry
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Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9100
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