Mineral Resources

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. To download the updated PowerPoint on the Global Scramble for Natural Resources and Its Impact on Colorado, click here. To download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Did You Know?
Mineral elements provide the color in fireworks. Barium produces bright greens; strontium yields deep reds; copper produces blues; and sodium yields yellow. Other colors can be made by mixing elements; strontium and sodium produce brilliant orange; titanium, zirconium, and magnesium alloys make silvery white; copper and strontium make lavender. Gold sparks are produced by iron filings and small pieces of charcoal. Bright flashes and loud bangs come from aluminum powder. Source: Behre Dolbear

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