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The Nevada mineral industry 2021 [PLASTIC COMB-BOUND REPORT]
The NV mineral industry 2021



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Title: The Nevada mineral industry 2021

Author: John L. Muntean, Rachel Micander, and Bridget Ayling
Year: 2022
Series: Mineral Industry MI-2021
Format: 81 pages, includes color, plastic comb-bound report

Starting in 1979, NBMG has issued annual reports that describe the mineral (precious and base metals and industrial minerals including aggregate), oil and gas, and geothermal activities and accomplishments.

This report describes those accomplishments in Nevada for 2021, which includes production, reserve, and resource statistics; exploration and development—including drilling for petroleum and geothermal resources, discoveries of orebodies, new mines opened, and expansion and other activities of existing mines.

This report highlights activities in 2021 in the exploration and production for metals, industrial minerals, geothermal energy, and petroleum. Once again Nevada led the nation in the production of gold ($8.098 billion) and barite ($27.288 million). It was also the only state that produced lithium compounds ($41.692 million), magnesite ($8.058 million), and the specialty clays, sepiolite and saponite ($11.839 million). Other commodities mined and produced in Nevada in 2021, in order of value, included copper ($687.677 million), geothermal energy ($318.748 million), aggregate (sand, gravel, and crushed stone) ($235 million), silver ($155.709 million), diatomite ($51.282 million), limestone and dolomite (mainly for cement, $36.488 million), gypsum ($49.643 million), silica ($18.174 million), and petroleum ($12.759 million). Locations of many of the sites mentioned in the text of this report are shown on NBMG Open-File Report 2021-01, Nevada Active Mines and Energy Producers, which is available at

Preparation for this publication was supported by the Nevada Division of Minerals.

Please note: The Nevada Mineral Industry 2021 does not include the following lists this year:
  • Major Precious-Metal Deposits
  • Directory of Mining and Milling Operations

Errata for paper version:
The online version is correct (Free Downloads: PDF link above). The following errata are for the paper version only. These sections were not included in the text:
  • Page 21: Gold Circle District: Hollister
  • Page 22: Silver Peak District: Mineral Ridge Project
  • Page 26: Iron Point District: Iron Point
  • Page 31: Eagle Valley District (heading omitted)
  • Page 32: Bell District: Golden Mile Project
  • Page 34: Santa Fe District: East Camp Douglas
  • Page 40 numbering was used twice.

Related links:
Nevada Mineral Industry (see previous editions)

Nevada Mineral Explorer App

Directory of Nevada Mine Operations 2022 is also available from the Department of Business and Industry, Mine Safety & Training Section.

Related article includes interviews with NBMG Director and State Geologist, Jim Faulds, and NDOM Administrator, Mike Visher:
By Bill Dentzer Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 2, 2021 - 7:34 pm

Suggested citation:
Muntean, J.L., Micander, R., and Ayling, B., 2022, The Nevada Mineral Industry 2021: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Special Publication MI-2021, 81 p.

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