1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/05/2012
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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.
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The Australian continent is a resource rich land with a thriving Mining industry. Our miners have placed the nation amongst the world's leading producers of the most sought after minerals and contribute over half the total value of Australia's exports. Table 18.29 shows world production of most of the main commodities by the highest producing countries in 2009.
Australia ranks in the top six producing nations of fifteen important minerals (including lead, manganese, silver, tantalum and ilmenite which are not listed in table 18.29). Australia’s production of iron ore, bauxite, zircon and rutile rank first in the world, while production of gold, lead, manganese and ilmenite rank second. Zinc, nickel and uranium rank third, followed by coal and silver fourth, tantalum fifth and copper sixth.
Information on Australia’s international standing in economic demonstrated resources (EDR) of a number of minerals can be found in table 18.9.
– indicates nil or very little production by world standards