Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District - Minerals

Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970
 

Interesting Mineral Facts

Minerals in Production

  • Largest silver mine in the United States (Tongass National Forest, Alaska)
  • Greatest Lead Production In United States (Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri)
  • Largest surface coal mine in North America (Thunder Basin Grasslands, Wyoming)
  • Only platinum-palladium mine in Western Hemisphere (Custer National Foresat, Montana)
  • Largest CO2 field in United Stated (Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming)

World-class Deposits

  • Coal
  • Oil and Gas
  • Phosphate
  • Molybdenum
  • Limestone
  • Pumice
  • Base metals
  • Precious metals
  • Platinum-group metals

Significant Potential

  • Oil and Gas - 45 million prospective acres
  • Coal - 7 million prospective acres (50 billion tons)
  • Geothermal resourcec - substantial acreges

Minerals Mined From NFS Lands: FY 1999

  • Coal - 69 million tons
  • Oil - 8.5 million barrels
  • CO2 - 11 billion cubic feet
  • Natural Gas - 76 billion cubic feet
  • Lead - 320 million pounds
  • Copper - 212 million pounds
  • Zinc - 296 million pounds
  • Molybdenum - 14 million pounds
  • Gold - 600,000 ounces
  • Silver - 10 million ounces
  • Platinum - 94,000 ounces
  • Palladium - 315,000 ounces
  • Gypsum - 86,000 tons
  • Limestone - 483,000 tons
  • Perlite - 52,000 tons
  • Pumice - 50,000 tons
  • Phosphate Rock - 5 million tons
  • Sulphur - 207,000 tons
  • Dimension Stone - 143,000 tons
  • Aggregate - 4 million tons 




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