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California Geology Magazine October 1991

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ChristineTurner
U.S.GeologicalSurvey
Box
25046,
MS
939Denver,CO
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October1991No!ume44INumber
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CGEOA
44
(10)217-241(1991)
In
This
Issue
U.S.HYDROGRAPHICCONFERENCE'92,218
8TH
ANNUAL
Me
KElVEY
FORUM218
THE
MINERALINDUSTRY
OF
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GEOlOGY
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MarY-v'd-
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papers
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from
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of
scientific
disciplines
connected
withthe
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ocean
industry.
and
coastal
20Ile
management
communities.
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more
informaOOn
contact:
U.S.HydrographicConference'92P.O.
Box
732
Rockville,MD
20848-0732
Telephone:(301)443·8536Fax:(301)443-6459
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8th
Annual
McKelvey
Forum
The
U.S.
Geological
Survey
(USGS)
is
holding
its
8th
Annual
V.E.McKelvey
Forumon
Energy
and
Mineral
Resources
at
the
\Vyndham
Greenspoint
Hotel
in
Houston.Texas.February18-20.1992.
The
Forum
will
feature2
days
oftechnical
oralpresentations
and
posIer
sessions
focusing
on
~ r e l a t e d
researchconducted
domesticaDy
and
internationally
by
USGS
scientists.
T
opK::s
include
Gulf
Coast
reservoirs.
basicevolution.
applications
of
fractal
geometry.
oil
Held
growth,
sequence
stratigraphy,sourcerocks.computerapp6ca
lions.
fracturedreservoirs.diageneticstudies.andcoal
and
coabed
methane.
The
thIrd
day
of
the
Forum
will
be
devotedtoa
short
courseentitled
~ R e c e n t
Advances
in
Plate
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andContinentalCrustal
Evolution.
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CALIFORNIA
GEOlOGY
OCTOBER1991
 
TheMineralIndustry
of
Californiain
1990
By
MineralResourcesAnalysisProjectSlaff
Divisionof
Mines
and
Geology
INTRODUCTION
C
aliforniawasthenation'sleadingproducerofasbestos.borates.portlandcement.diatomite.calcined
gypsum.constructionsandandgravel.
rareearthconcentrates.andtungsten
in
1990.TheStatewasalsothesecorxllargestproducerofnon-fuelminerals.The
U.S.Bureau
of
MinesreportsCalifornia's
1990non-fuelmineralproduction
10
be
2.7
billion
dollars.adecrease
of
4percent
from
the
previousyear(Burnett.
19911.
The
California
Division
of
Mines
and
Geology
(DMG)
released
MMineral
LandOassification"maps
for
NevadaCounty.ThenewmapsdelineateareasofNevada
County
thai
havesignificantmineralresourcepotentiaLLodegoldand
constructionaggregatematerialsarethemostimportantmineralresources
in
NevadaCounty.The
DilJision
continued
its
minerallandclassification
work
inthe
Mojave
Desertandcompletedatwo-year
cooperative
mine
databasepro}ect
with
the
U.S.
Bureauof
Mines.
Anewstatewide
Mineral
CommooityReportonbentonitewasreleasedlate
in
theyear.
INDUSTRIALMINERALSANDCONSTRUCTIONMATERIALS
AccordingtotheBureauof
Mines,
proouctionofconstructionaggregatematerialsincreased3percent
(U.S.
Bureauof
Mines.
1991).
Mining
permitswere
issued
for
severalsandandgraveloperations.
Azusa
Rock
Companyrenewed
its
permittominetheAshCanyon
Road
quarry
in
Los
AngelesCounty.ThePlacerCountyBoardofSupervisorsapproveda
use
permit
for
R.c.Collet,
Inc.
tobegin
mining
at
theStanfordRanchnear
Rocklin.R.C.
Conet
is
amedium-sizedcrushedstoneaggregateprooucer
in
theSacramentoregion.TheVenturaCountyBoardof
SupelVi-
sorsapprovedanewsandand
gravel
operationnorthofMoorparkCalaverasCementCompany.asubsidiaryofBelgium's
CBR
CementCorporation,continuedconstructionof
facilities
at
its
Monolith
cementplant
in
Kern
County.
l1le
Monolith
plantreceiveda
~ s t a c k e r - r e c l a i m e r M
storagedomeandarotary
kiln.
CBR
acquiredStandardConcreteProducts,aready-mixconcretecompany
with
severalCaliforniaoperations.Japan'sOnodaCementCompanyacquiredthe
CaIMat
CompanyCalifomiaPortlandCementPlantandtheSloverMountainquarry
in
Colton,
San
BernardinoCounty.Potentialhealth
risks
associated
with
asbestoshave
virtually
eliminated
mining
andindustrialuse
of
asbestos
in
California.
For
manyyears.asbestos
was
widely
usedfor
insulation.brake
linings.
asphalticshingles,andreinforcedconcretepipe.
Now
therearemarketopportunities
for
othermineralsthatoccur
in
California.Wollastonite.acalc-silicatemineral.
is
used
tomanufacturebrakeandclutch
lin-
ings,
andasamineral
filler
in
automobilebodypanelsandothermoldedplastic
com-
positematerials(Photo
1).
Wollastonite
is
alsoused
in
molded
ceramicbathroom
fixtures.
It
is
suitable
for
energy-efficient.cost-effective"fast
firing"
techniques.
withUlida
Flat
CALIFORNIAGEOLOGYOCTOBER
1991
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