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The Tungsten Industry of the U.S.S.R.
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This Bureau of Mines study indicates that the soviet union is the world's second largest mine source of tungsten and the world's largest consumer of this strategic commodity. Nonetheless, because of security considerations, the soviets have published little in the way of official statistical data on tungsten mining, processing, trade, and consumption. This study, one of a series of detailed reports on selected commodities in the soviet union, summarizes the contents of a wide variety of Russian language technical literature and other materials. These served as the basis for the compilation of statistical tables presenting estimates of salient statistics on reserves, production, trade, and apparent consumption of tungsten in the U.S.S.R. from the inception of tungsten mining in the early 1900's through 1986. By far the greatest emphasis is placed on reserves, mining, beneficiation, and consumption of soviet tungsten deposits and ores therefrom, and on trade in ores and concentrates. Some material also has been included on the downstream tungsten industry, that is, the production and trade in ferrotungsten and other materials. This emphasis is directly related to the volume of material available in soviet sources on these topics. In addition to the Russian language sources used, other source materials have been utilized where they have proven useful or essential to developing a comprehensive picture. The study substantially revises previously published Bureau of Mines estimates of soviet tungsten production for a number of years, utilizing source materials that were n
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division