In 2011, Ohio’s mineral industries produced geologic commodities valued at more than $2.8 billion, a 3.5 percent increase from 2010, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey.
The 2011 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology indicates an increase in the unit value of oil, with modest production increases in several aggregate-mining industries. These gains helped to offset lower values for gas and salt commodities. Although there was a slight dip in production, the value of coal once again increased, continuing a trend that began in 2006.
Published yearly, the Report on Ohio Mineral Industries provides a method for quickly researching mineral extraction activities in the state. It offers basic information about individual mines and groups of mines and also features detailed geologic information about coal and industrial minerals, as well as extensive references. A special feature for 2011 – which falls within the 150th anniversary of the Civil War – is an introduction that highlights the significant role Ohio’s mineral industries played during the Civil War and Reconstruction era.
Part of the annual report is the interactive 2011 Map of Active Mineral Industry Operations in Ohio. This map is updated with mine permit numbers, geologic commodities produced and tonnages produced or sold during the calendar year. The interactive map is an important part of the Division of Geological Survey’s integrated geographic information system (GIS). The GIS includes maps and datasets that describe and locate areas of geologic interest to Ohioans.