University of Texas at Austin

Economic Mineral Resources Program

Economic Minerals Program Background

BEG historically has conducted research and published research and public information on economic minerals ranging from aggregates to metals and other minerals resources.  The Economic Minerals Program entails both geoscience research and analysis on resources and recovery as well as analysis of markets and applications.  The latter effort includes internal collaboration with BEG’s Center for Energy Economics (CEE, http://www.beg.utexas.edu/energyecon/ ) for specific energy value chain uses and supply-demand dynamics.  Examples are frac sands for oil and gas exploitation; lithium and other critical minerals for alternative energy systems; uranium for nuclear energy.  Altogether, the range of investigation enables complete evaluation of economic minerals from earth science to economics and incorporating environmental and operational considerations.

Mineral Resources of Texas

The mineral industry of Texas comprises a wide variety of extractable commodities ranging from sand and gravel, crushed stone, to silver, titanium, and rare earth element bearing minerals. The industry is consistently a top five producer of several commodities when compared to other states in the U.S., and a vital industry to the local, regional and statewide economy. This web site provides the public with knowledge of current and historic sites for non-fuel mineral mines or prospects in the state of Texas. To proceed in viewing a map of Texas Mineral Resources, click the graphic below:
 

Texas Minerals Resources Map
Hydraulic Fracturing  Sand Resources

 

Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals

 

Metallic Ore Resources

 

Uranium

 

Aggregate and Industrial Minerals

 

Economics of Mineral Resources

 

Lithium and Mineral Resources from Brines