Tags: U.S. Geological Survey

Movie Magic Along Route 66

Apr 01, 2014

Movie Magic Along Route 66

You say tomato, and I say Tuh Mater.   By Bill Langer   Mater: My name is Mater. Lightning McQueen: Mater? Mater: Yeah, like tuh-mater, but without the “tuh.” From the Pixar/Disney movie ‘Cars’   We resume our journey along Historic Route 66 at Joplin, Mo. Joplin is located ...

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McCook Quarry resumes blasting for first time since November earthquake

Mar 15, 2014

McCook Quarry resumes blasting for first time since November earthquake

McCook Quarry is reportedly set to resume blasting on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Lehigh Hanson-owned quarry suspended blasting after a 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook parts of Illinois and Wisconsin in November following a routine blast. Within two weeks of the ...

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Crushed stone production up 3% in Q4 2013

Mar 10, 2014

Crushed stone production up 3% in Q4 2013

An estimated 292 million metric tons of crushed stone was produced and shipped in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report notes that crushed stone production ...

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A Taxing Situation

Feb 01, 2014

by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief tdunphy@randallreilly.com   Conventional wisdom dictates that most onerous local regulations are born in the West and migrate East. It was a bit of a surprise, therefore, when I read about a dispute involving taxes levied on aggregates. This particular ...

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Third quarter earnings show mixed results

Jan 01, 2014

Third quarter earnings show mixed results

Third quarter earnings results for the publicly traded construction materials companies are coming in and showing mixed results. Some markets are showing dramatic improvements, while others are still flat, if not depressed. Data produced by the U.S. Geological Survey shows ...

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U.S. aggregates production rises in Q3 2013

Dec 10, 2013

U.S. aggregates production rises in Q3 2013

Production of crushed stone and sand and gravel is up year over year for the third quarter of 2013. About 367 million of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2013, an ...

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Scientists point to quarry blast as cause of Illinois earthquake

Nov 21, 2013

Scientists point to quarry blast as cause of Illinois earthquake

Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday that a blast at a quarry in McCook, Illinois, likely caused a 3.2-magnitude tremor earlier this month, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. USGS officials added that the tremor ...

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Did a quarry blast cause a 3.2-magnitude tremor?

Nov 11, 2013

Did a quarry blast cause a 3.2-magnitude tremor?

Early last week, a large tremor shook home and businesses in and around McCook, Illinois. The 3.2-magnitude tremor was felt as far away as Wisconsin, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Initially, reports pointed to a possible link between the tremor and ...

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A Visit to the Dentist

Oct 01, 2013

A Visit to the Dentist

Fluorspar mining endures trials and tribulations that make a geologist wince.   By Bill Langer   You know the drill. I was reclining in the dentist chair while a hygienist jabbed a sharp pick into my gums. She paused and asked: “So you’re a ...

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A Taste of Barite

Sep 01, 2013

A Taste of Barite

As prices continue to rise, our erstwhile columnist shares his gut feeling about the mineral’s future.   By Bill Langer   Iam intimately familiar with a mineral called Barite, a.k.a. barium sulfate. This is because I recently underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan that used ...

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The Nation’s Top 25 Construction Aggregates Producers

Apr 01, 2013

The Nation’s Top 25 Construction Aggregates Producers

2011 marked the first increase in production since 2006, with slight price increases as well.   U.S. production of construction aggregates in 2011 was 2.17 billion short tons, valued at $17.2 billion, free on board (f.o.b.) at plant. Construction aggregates production decreased ...

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2012 production stats end on a low note

Mar 01, 2013

2012 production stats end on a low note

After a fairly robust beginning, 2012 production ended on a whimper, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. Crushed Stone and Sand and Gravel in the Fourth Quarter 2012 indicates that an estimated 282 million metric tons of ...

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