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Accession Number PB2013-102090
Title Global Exploration and Production Capacity for Platinum-Group Metals from 1995 Through 2015.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 34p
Personal Author D. R. Wilburn
Abstract Platinum-group metals (PGMs) are required in a variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications for many existing and emerging technologies, yet the United States is highly dependent on foreign sources of PGMs. Information on global exploration for PGMs since 1995 has been used in this study as a basis for identifying locations where the industry has determined that exploration has provided data sufficient to warrant development of a new mine or expansion of an existing operation or where a significant increase in capacity for PGMs is anticipated by 2015. Discussions include an overview of the industry and the selected sites, factors affecting mineral supply, and circumstances leading to the development of mineral properties with the potential to affect mineral supply. Of the 52 sites or regional operations that were considered in this analysis, 16 sites were producing before 1995, 28 sites commenced production from 1995 through 2010, and 8 sites were expected to begin production from 2011 through 2015 if development plans came to fruition.
Keywords Commercial applications
Exploration
Foreign sources
Global exploration
Industrial applications
Metals
Military applications
Minerals
Platinum
Platinum-Group Metals(PGMs)


 
Source Agency US Geological Survey
NTIS Subject Category 71N - Nonferrous Metals & Alloys
48A - Mineral Industries
Corporate Author Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Scientific investigations rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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