The mineral profile series presents essential background information on individual mineral commodities for the non-specialist user. They are not intended to be highly technical but contain sufficient detail to enable the reader to gain a broad understanding of the particular mineral described.
Each profile summarises:
- the nature and geological occurrence of deposits
- extraction and processing methods
- specifications and uses
- world production, trade and prices
- the situation relating to the United Kingdom
If any of the terms contained in the profiles are unfamiliar, please refer to our glossary [Glossary].
Please click on the links below or the images for free downloads of the mineral profiles.
The following older versions are also available as free downloads:Barytes (1.2 Mb) (September 2005)
Cement Raw Materials (292 kb) (November 2005)
Building and Roofing Stone (664 kb) (November 2005)
Magnesium (119 kb) (March 2004)
Zinc (190 kb) (March 2004)