The United States' mining industry has a long history, and it continues to be an important and active industry to this day. The products produced through mining provide the foundation for all manufacturing, giving factories the raw materials needed to produce their goods. As such, value added by the mining industry to the U.S. domestic economy from the 12,714 active mines in the U.S. as of 2020 amounted to nearly 57 billion U.S. dollars. The most common commodities produced in the U.S. based on volume include sand and gravel, stone, and coal. Other mineral products, produced in smaller quantities, can carry higher prices.
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