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Canada’s World Role as a Producer of Minerals, 2008

Posted in finance by qmarks on March 24, 2011
World Rank of Five Leading Countries
1 2 3 4 5
Uranium (metal content) (mine production)
Canada Kazakhstan Australia Namibia Russia
t 43 923 9 001 8 521 8 471 4 366 3 521
% of world total 20.5 19.4 19.3 9.9 8.0
Potash (K2O equivalent) (mine production)
Canada Russia Belarus Germany Israel
000 t 36 000 11 000 6 900 5 100 3 600 2 400
% of world total 30.6 19.2 14.2 10.0 6.7
Nickel (mine production)
Russia Canada Australia Indonesia New Caledonia
000 t 1 515 277 260 200 180 103
% of world total 18.3 17.1 13.2 11.9 6.8
Cobalt (mine production)
Congo, D.R. Canada Australia Brazil Zambia
t 66 788 31 000 8 644 5 500 4 300 3 841
% of world total 46.4 12.9 8.2 6.4 5.8
Titanium concentrate (Ilmenite)
Australia South Africa Canada China Norway
000 t 5 640 1 250 1 090 900 550 380
% of world total 22.2 19.3 16.0 9.6 6.7
Platinum group metals (metal content)
South Africa Russia Canada U.S.A. Zimbabwe
kg 479 919 291 600 127 500 21 177 16 100 11 500
% of world total 60.8 26.6 4.4 3.4 2.4
Aluminum (primary metal)
China Russia Canada U.S.A. Australia
000 t 39 267 13 177 3 800 3 120 2 658 1 974
% of world total 33.6 9.7 7.9 6.8 5.0
Diamonds
Russia Botswana Congo, D.R. Australia Canada
000 carats 165 200 36 925 32 595 33 402 15 670 14 803
% of world total 22.4 19.7 20.2 9.5 9.0
Chrysotile (asbestos) (mine production)
Russia China Kazakhstan Brazil Canada
000 t 2 180 925 380 300 220 175
% of world total 42.4 17.4 13.8 10.1 8.0
Zinc (mine production)
China Peru Australia U.S.A. Canada
000 t 11 709 3 186 1 603 1 519 778 716
% of world total 27.2 13.7 13.0 6.6 6.1
Molybdenum (Mo content) (mine production)
U.S.A. China Chile Peru Canada
t 211 300 61 400 59 800 45 000 17 000 9 150
% of world total 29.1 28.3 21.3 8.0 4.3
Salt (mine production)
China U.S.A. Germany India Canada (7)
000 t 260 000 60 000 46 000 19 000 15 800 12 000
% of world total 23.1 17.7 7.3 6.1 4.6
Cadmium (metal) (1)
China South Korea Japan Kazakhstan Mexico
t 19 566 4 300 3 090 2 126 1 700 1 550
% of world total 22.0 15.8 10.9 8.7 7.9
Gypsum (mine production) (2)
China U.S.A. Iran Spain Thailand
000 t 151 000 40 700 12 700 12 000 11 300 8 800
% of world total 27.0 8.4 7.9 7.5 5.8
Lead (mine production) (3)
China Australia U.S.A. Peru Mexico
000 t 3 956 1 546 645 410 345 141
% of world total 39.1 16.3 10.4 8.7 3.6
Gold (mine production) (4)
China U.S.A. Australia South Africa Russia
t 2 298 285 235 214 213 185
% of world total 12.4 10.2 9.3 9.3 8.0
Copper (mine production) (5)
Chile U.S.A. Peru China Australia
000 t 15 404 5 330 1 310 1 268 931 886
% of world total 34.6 8.5 8.2 6.0 5.8
Silver (6)
Peru Mexico China Australia Chile
t 21 304 3 686 3 236 2 800 1 926 1 405
% of world total 17.3 15.2 13.1 9.0 6.6

Sources: Natural Resources Canada, from World Nonferrous Statistics and the Canadian Minerals Yearbook; U.S. Geological Survey.
(1) Canada ranked 6th. (2) Canada ranked 6th. (3) Canada ranked 6th. (4) Canada ranked 8th. (5) Canada ranked 8th. (6) Canada ranked 10th. (7) Tied with Australia for fifth.

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