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The concept of Mineral Facts and Problems originated in 1953 in a series of commodity pro-
gram statements that reviewed and evaluated the status of all significant minerals and fuels. These
analyses served as a guide to initiate research programs contributing solutions to specific prob-
lems pertaining to mineral production and supply. The commodity statements were revised
periodically to reflect rapidly changing situations for individual commodities.
Although these commodity statements as originally conceived were intended only for use within
the Bureau of Mines, the demand for the unpublished information became so great that the Bureau,
in 1956, issued a condensed version of the information as a bound volume with the title Mineral
Facts and Problems.
Updating, analysis, and evaluation of commodity information have continued, resulting in
the publication, at 5-year intervals, of 5 subsequent volumes and this 1985 edition. Numerous
refinements, further analyses, and new subjects have been introduced to keep pace with the chang-
ing need for information vital to the formulation of construction policies and programs. Innova-
tions in recent volumes include:
Increased emphasis on energy requirements, productivity, environmental problems, capital
requirements, costs, and price trends.
Current information on stockpile status, tariffs and duties, depletion provisions, security of
supply, and other strategic considerations.
Timely reappraisal of U.S. and world resources, including reserves and reserve base, in accor-
dance with definitions compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Mines. (See
Introduction.) Reserves-resource data contained in the automated Minerals Availability
System of the Bureau also have been incorporated.
Improved techniques in projecting and forecasting U.S. and world mineral requirements to
1990 and 2000, including regression analysis of end uses and subjective appraisal of struc-
tural and technologic changes.
Comparison of U.S. and world cumulative nonfuel mineral requirements with world resources
and reserves to determine adequacy of supply.
Greater emphasis on research accomplishments in production technology and product
Mineral Facts and Problems has become a standard reference work on mineral commodities
in the United States and abroad. It supplements other periodical and annual reports prepared
and distributed through the Bureau's data collection, analysis, and information programs.
ROBERT C. HORTON
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