Azerbaijan - Mining



Besides significant reserves of natural gas and petroleum, Azerbaijan has iron ore reserves near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, and lead-zinc and copper-molybdenum deposits in the Nakhichevan area. Production of metallic and industrial minerals in 2000 included alunite (no figure was available for 2000, but 100,000 and 50,000 tons were produced in 1996 and 1997, respectively, and none was produced in 1998 and 1999), alumina (200,000 tons, up from 76,100 in 1999, 6,600 in 1998, and 1,000 in 1996), bromine, clays, gypsum (60,000 tons), iodine (300,000 kg), limestone, marble, sand and gravel, decorative building stone, and precious and semiprecious stones.

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