Mineral Industries

According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Minerals Yearbook, in 2008 the total value of Pennsylvania’s nonfuel mineral production was $1.97 billion, placing Pennsylvania 13th in the nation. More specifically, Pennsylvania ranked second among the states in the production of crushed stone, third in the production of portland cement, fourth in the production of tripoli, seventh in the production of lime and masonry cement, 10th in peat sales, 11th in production of common clay, 12th in dimension stone production, 16th in industrial sand and gravel production, and 19th in the production of construction sand and gravel. 

The Directory of the Nonfuel-Minerals in Pennsylvania is available as an Acrobat file or as an interactive web-mapping application. Both provide detailed information about the rocks being mined in Pennsylvania, the products being obtained from these rocks, and the companies that obtain them.The Nonfuel Mineral Resources of Pennsylvania.

For an introductory overview of the mineral-resources industry in Pennsylvania, past and present, read our Educational Series 12 publication, Also see Rocks and Minerals of Pennsylvania, our Educational Series 1 publication.

Although once eagerly sought in the United States, uranium deposits in Pennsylvania are currently not being mined. There is more environmental concern for uranium's detrimental effects than desire for its commercial value. Deposits of uranium and thorium have been found in various parts of the state including the Reading Prong area. Uranium and Thorium analyses from this area of Pennsylvania are available. The samples were collected during a detailed study of the Reading Prong, which was completed in 1980.

46th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals Booklet.pdf
In 2010, Pennsylvania hosted the 46th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals. The proceedings, which focused primarily on industrial minerals in Pennsylvania, were published by the Survey.