Essentially, clays are bulk commodities that support a variety of substantial industries that are vital in local and regional economies and are important to the national economy. Deposits of common clays, shales, and fire clays are widespread. Ball clay, bentonite, Fuller's earth, and kaolin deposits occur in smaller geographic areas. Anything that demonstrates the commercial feasibility of new industry based upon innovations that improve the quality of the existing clay raw material, or permits the development of latent clay resources, will have important economic and social benefits and should be pursued energetically. In a demographic sense, potential clay areas of low employment or below-average economies deserve a priority of attention. This Bureau of Mines report presents comprehensive data on clays including industry structure, uses, reserves-resources, technology, supply-demand relationships, byproducts and coproducts, economic factors and problems, operation factors and problems, and outlook to 2000.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Mines

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  • Authors:
    • Ampian, S G
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311459
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM