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Production of minerals in the United Kingdom by type 2018

Mining in the United Kingdom has dropped significantly over the past century, but many important minerals are still extracted there. UK production of silica sands amounted to 4.9 million metric tons in 2018. Silica sands are used in glass making and other industrial products. It is also used for agricultural purposes.

Mineral production in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by type

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March 2020


United Kingdom

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Supplementary notes

**Excludes small production in Northern Ireland.
***Includes waste used for constructional fill and powder and granules used in industry.
****Figures for the combined production of chalk, igneous rock, limestone, dolomite, and sandstone includes production estimates in Northern Ireland, and excludes building stone.

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