The Golden State leads the nation in construction sand and gravel, and there’s golden value to be found in those materials.
California’s production of construction sand and gravel in 2012 – the most recent year measured in the latest report issued this week by the Sacramento-based California Geological Survey ‑ was 84.9 million tons valued at $843 million.
“Mention mining or mineral production in California, and people automatically think gold,” said John Parrish, state geologist of California and head of CGS. “… The truth is the more common and mundane minerals that are the backbone of construction are the biggest part of California’s modern mining industry.”
The CGS report said boron minerals, Portland cement, crushed stone and gold, respectively, rounded out the top five commodities in the state, with total mineral production valued at $3.3 billion in 2012.
Gold production in California in 2012 totaled 186,980 ounces, down from 198,770 ounces in 2011.
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