COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey has released the 2006 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology in time for the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association’s annual meeting held in Columbus on Thursday and Friday of this week.
The report reveals that Ohio’s mineral industries produced geologic commodities valued at more than $2.6 billion last year, which was down less than 0.1% from 2005. The industries listed in the report directly employed more than 11,000 people producing coal, oil and gas, salt, sand and gravel, limestone and dolomite, clay and shale, and sandstone and conglomerate. Members of the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association meeting this week produce geologic commodities that do not include coal, oil, or gas.
Five counties mostly located in eastern Ohio (Belmont, Monroe, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Mahoning Counties) each produced more than $100 million of geologic resources in 2006, significantly contributing to each county’s annual economic output. Their economic benefit was also magnified by the production of value-added products such as electric power generated by Ohio coal, refined petroleum, cement, building brick and stone, ceramics, lime, portland-cement concrete, and asphalt, and by nearby industries that use and distribute the products such as the transportation, equipment manufacturing, construction, glass, and steel industries.
The 2006 report and its updated digital map, both available for free from the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s Web site, provide a method for quickly researching coal and industrial mineral activities in Ohio, as well as basic information about individual mines or groups of mines. Mining information available from the interactive map includes permit numbers, geologic commodities produced, and tonnage produced or sold during the calendar year.
The map is an important part of the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s integrated geographic information system (GIS), 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 mineral industries map and report are annually updated by the Division.
The electronic version of the 2006 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology and its interactive map are available through the Interactive Maps page of the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s Web site www.ohiodnr.com/geosurvey.
Individual mine information is available by clicking on the Identify tool and then on a mine. The report will also available on a limited number of CDs ($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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last update November 08, 2007
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