IS-52 Colorado Mineral and Mineral Fuel Activity, 1998


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Citation: Cappa, James A., Christopher J. Carroll, and H. Thomas Hemborg. “IS-52 Colorado Mineral and Mineral Fuel Activity, 1998.” Mineral and Mineral Fuel. Information Series. Denver, CO: Colorado Geological Survey, Department of Natural Resources, 1999.


Annual report by the CGS of production, prices, drilling activity, and reserves of oil and gas, coal, carbon dioxide, base and precious metals, construction materials, and industrial minerals; exploration activities. Includes map of oil and gas wildcats, current coal mines and power plants, and major minerals producers and prospects; production graphs and photographs. 28 pages. 31 figures. 12 tables. Digital PDF download. IS-52D

The Colorado Geological Survey Mineral Resources Section estimates the total value of 1998 mineral and mineral fuel production in Colorado to be $2,769 million dollars. 1998 was $1,714 million, a 15 percent decrease from the 1997 value of $2,026 million. Lower oil and natural gas prices and decreased oil production are the primary reasons for the decline in value. The value of Colorado coal production is estimated at $444 million.

Nonfuel mineral production — including metals, industrial minerals, and construction materials – The USGS Mineral Information Office estimates the value of the 1998 non-fuel mineral production to be $604 million. This figure is an increase of 15 percent from the 1997 value of $524 million. The increased value is due mostly to heightened construction materials, sand and gravel, and crushed stone production.

These and many other fascinating details are discussed in the report.