Minnesota - Providing Sustainable Iron Ore for the North American Steel Industry

CIM Montreal 2011
Peter Clevenstine,
Abstract Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range is the main source of United States' and Canada's domestic iron ore and has been supplying iron ore since 1892. How much iron ore is left? How much is needed? Currently all of the iron ore mined in Minnesota is magnetic taconite from the Mesabi Iron Range, which is concentrated and shipped as iron ore pellets. This presentation will identify the remaining iron ore reserves in Minnesota, and the magnetic taconite resources available to sustain North America’s integrated steel operations. It will also identify resources for Minnesota’s new iron making ventures. Lastly the presentation will explore how changing economics are affecting Minnesota’s resource base.
Keywords: Iron Ore, Resources, Reserves
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