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Worldwide industrial sand and gravel production by country 2017-2018

Major countries in industrial sand and gravel production worldwide in 2017 and 2018 (in 1,000 metric tons)

by M. Garside, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Worldwide industrial sand and gravel production by country 2017-2018 The United States was the leading producer of sand and gravel worldwide in 2018, having produced 120 million metric tons that year.
Sand and Gravel

Sand and gravel deposits originate from various geomorphological processes, which include river channels, river flood plains, and glacial deposits. It is considered one of the most accessible natural resources. Sand comes in different sizes of grain and serves different purposes. It is a necessary resource for economic development activities such as include road building and concrete production. Sand and/or gravel is also commonly used in playgrounds, golf courses, and producing glass.

Sand and Gravel production in the United States

Although the United States is the leading producer of sand and gravel worldwide, the country still imports a certain amount. Since 2007, the United States’ gravel and sand imports have remained fairly consistent, ranging from three to seven million metric tons of sand and gravel imported per year. From 2014 to 2017, the majority of U.S. sand and gravel imports came from Canada. Since 2007, the average price of sand and gravel has been slowly increasing, most recently standing at 8.94 U.S. dollars per metric ton.
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Major countries in industrial sand and gravel production worldwide in 2017 and 2018 (in 1,000 metric tons)

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