Natural mineral mining sites in the United Kingdom (UK) April 2014-16, by commodity

This statistic ranks natural mineral commodities produced in the United Kingdom (UK) by the number of mining sites in production as of April 2014 and April 2016. Sand and gravel were far and away the resources with the greatest number of production sites. Sand and gravel are important abrasives for construction and are also needed for fracking.

Number of natural mineral mining sites in the United Kingdom (UK) as of April 2014 to April 2016, by commodity

April 2014April 2015April 2016
Abandoned methane mine121919
Anhydrite111
Ball clay181819
Barytes555
Chalk545254
Chert111
China clay151414
China clay waste1178
Clay & shale15515916
Coal, opencast31325
Coal, underground8716
Coalbed methane211
Fireclay11910
Flint8810
Fluorspar766
Gold111
Gypsum*666
Igneous & metamorphic rock191223228
Iron ore - ironstone433
Lead555
Limestone / dolomite322307315
Marble111
Mine drainage gas321
Natural gas161616
Oil606262
Peat878691
Potash112
Salt767
Sand929898
Sand & gravel526478535
Sandstone261291294
Silica sand393940
Silver111
Slate323437
Slate waste121310
Talc111
Tin122
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Source

Release date

September 2016

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 2014 to April 2016

Supplementary notes

* Excludes desulphogypsum manufacture.
Double counting may occur because some workings produce more than one mineral.

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