ECONOMIC IMPACT OF URBANIZATION OF THE MINERAL AGGREGATE INDUSTRY

Due to the low intrinsic value of these construction minerals, sand, gravel, and crushed stone, the economics of the industry are extremely sensitive to location, e.g., a distance of 20 miles generally doubles the delivered costs of mineral aggregates. Although these materials are among the most plentiful, they are being structurally and legally sterilized due to the process of urbanization and are becoming less accessible. The dynamics of this situation present a classical case in urban-suburban land use conflict. To obtain a measure of the impact of urbanization, the mineral aggregates industry in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area (G.N.Y.M.A.) has been studied. The impact of urbanization is most noticeable in the increased delivered prices within the G.N.Y.M.A. Plotting the rise in prices as the effects of urbanization become more pronounced shows 1975 as a date for exhaustion of deposits in Zones 2 and 3. Prices for fine aggregates will rise above the prices for coarse aggregates. /DCPL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Clark University

    Worchester, MA  USA  01610
  • Authors:
    • Bronitsky, L
    • WALLACE, W A
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

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  • Accession Number: 00261988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM