IS-42 Colorado Minerals and Mineral Fuel Activity, 1996


Production, prices, drilling activity, and reserves of oil and gas, coal, molybdenum, precious metals, construction materials and industrial minerals; exploration activities; map of oil and gas wildcats, current coal mines and power plants; and major minerals producers and prospects; production graphs and photographs. 29 pages. 37 figures. 6 tables. Digital PDF download. IS-42D

The CGS Mineral Resources Section estimates the total value of 1996 mineral fuel production in Colorado to be $1,759 million dollars. The value of Colorado coal production is estimated at $321 million.

Nonfuel mineral production — including metals, industrial minerals, and construction materials – The USGS Mineral Information Office estimates the value of the 1996 Colorado mineral production at $528 million, down 7 percent from the 1995 value of $570 million. The decrease in value is due to lower molybdenum production and prices, and the temporary closure of the Black Cloud Mine in Leadville. Sand and gravel, aggregate, construction clay, and gypsum all increased production in 1996.