Mineral Resources

Wire gold from Breckenridge Colorado.

Wire gold from Breckenridge, Colorado.

Colorado is rich in mineral resources. The book, Minerals of Colorado by J. S. Randall, Georgetown Courier Print, lists more than seven hundred different minerals found within the state.

Revenues generated from the mineral industry totaled about $3 billion in 2008. The biggest contributors to this revenue were molybdenum ($1.2 billion), coal ($887 million), sand and gravel ($286 million), uranium ($16 million), industrial minerals ($317 million), and gold ($224 million).

For more information on Colorado’s mineral industries, view our Annual Mineral and Energy Activity Reports.

Resources Presentation:

The talk “The Global Scramble for Natural Resources–Its Impact on Colorado” by the former Director of the Colorado Geological Survey, Dr. Vince Matthews, has been given to more than 35,000 Colorado citizens. The talk can be viewed online as a video, courtesy of the University of Colorado-Denver Business School. Download the updated PowerPoint on the Global Scramble for Natural Resources and Its Impact on Colorado. To download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

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