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Effects of urbanization upon the availability of construction minerals in Southeastern Florida.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8664, 1974 Dec; :1-20
Miami oolite limestone is the only significant construction mineral in southeastern Florida. Its source area coincides with that of rapid urban expansion. Two-thirds of the existing resource is already unavailable because of development. Land-use conflicts place future availability of limestone in jeopardy. However, a sufficient limestone resource to meet demand for many years is present if its extraction is not restricted. Adverse environmental effects of quarrying Miami oolite are not severe; land values often increase following quarrying. Future availability depends upon--(1) achieving uniformity of federal, state, county, and municipality statutory requirements governing quarry operations, (2) setting aside specific land areas for future quarrying, and (3) cooperative planning to provide for land utilization upon completion of quarrying.
Mineral-deposits; Quarries; Surface-mining
IH; Information Circular
NTIS Accession No.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8664
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