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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2003-15:  Industrial Minerals in British Columbia - 2003 Review

by G.J. Simandl, B. Grant, D. Terry, M. Cathro, B. Lane, P. Wodjak, J. Houle, T. Schroeter


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Currently forty mines and twenty major sites where industrial minerals have value added, are working in the province.  The following industrial minerals are currently being worked in BC: Gypsum, Magnesite, Silica, Limestone, White Calcium Carbonate, Dolomite, Crushed stone and aggregate, Roofing Granules, Industrial clay and clay/sandstone, Medical Clays, Diatomite, Zeolite, and Bentonite, Dimension Stone, Jade, Pumice, Tephra, Lava Rock, Mineral Wool, Slag, Magnetite, Graphite, Sulphur, High Tech Minerals, Gemstones, Wollastonite/Garnet, Barite, Perlite.  New markets will be found in "green" Minerals such as zeolite, bentonite, pozzolans, and specialty lightweight aggregate. Special needs will be filled by "niche" quarries.


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