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Ores Exports

Map No. 61

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Of all earnings from exports worldwide, 1.2% is from ores. Ores are the unprocessed state in which minerals are found. If the minerals are of value to people, they are extracted. Ores are put to many uses, ranging from making fertilisers and steel, to the working of precious metals to make jewellery. Also in this category are sand, stone, gravel and scrap metals.

Territories in South America and Asia Pacific have the largest total ore exports (US$ net). Territories in these regions are also the top five in the table of highest ore exports when measured per person.

"As global metals prices rise, a new Latin American mining rush is underway ..." Kelly Hearn, 2005

Territory size shows the proportion of worldwide net exports of ores (in US$) that come from there. Net exports are exports minus imports. When imports are larger than exports the territory is not shown.


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