2009 report on Ohio mineral industries released

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey has released the 2009 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology.

The report reveals that Ohio’s mineral industries produced geologic commodities valued at more than $2.6 billion last year, a 20 percent decrease from 2008, which reflects a substantial decrease in the unit values of oil, gas and industrial minerals.

The exceptions were in the coal- and salt-mining industries, which both saw slight increases in value. The improved 2009 report features more detailed geologic information about coal and industrial minerals, extensive references, and an introduction that discusses impact of the mineral industries on the state’s economy.

Purpose

Updated annually, the report provides a method for quickly researching coal and industrial mineral activities in Ohio and offers basic information about individual mines or groups of mines.

Also part of the annual report, the Interactive Map of Ohio Coal and Industrial Minerals is updated with mine permit numbers, geologic commodities produced and tonnage produced or sold during the calendar year.

The interactive map is an important part of the Division of Geological Survey’s integrated geographic information system, which includes maps and datasets that describe and locate areas of geologic interest to Ohioans, such as oil and natural gas wells, earthquake epicenters, abandoned underground mines and karst areas.

The electronic version of the 2009 report and interactive map are available through the division’s website at www.OhioGeology.com. The report also will be available on a limited number of CD-ROMs ($10 plus sales tax and $2.50 in shipping) and can be pre-ordered from the ODNR Geologic Records Center by calling 614-265-6576 or e-mailing geo.survey@dnr.state.oh.us.

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