Australian Mineral Resources
Statistics on this page are 2016 figures from Geoscience Australia.
Economic Demonstrated Resources (EDR)
As defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS): "EDR is a measure of the resources that are established, analytically demonstrated or assumed with reasonable certainty to be profitable for extraction or production under defined investment assumptions. Classifying a mineral resource as EDR reflects a high degree of certainty as to the size and quality of the resource and its economic viability."
Australian Operating Mines Map (PDF)
A HUGE 59MB file with significant detail that outlines all operating mines in Australia as at 2014. You will need to zoom in with your browser or Adobe Reader.
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Australia is estimated to have 10% of the world's EDR of black coal and ranked fifth in the world behind the United States of America, China, India and Russia.
Australia is estimated to have 12% of the world’s EDR of copper and ranked second in the world behind Chile (29%). Peru, the USA and Mexico also rank highly.
As a result of recent changes in the reporting of Australia’s diamonds, it’s not possible to compare Australia’s EDR of diamonds to the rest off the world using USGS figures.
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Australia is estimated to have 17% of the world’s EDR of gold and ranked first in the world ahead of South Africa, Russia and Chile.
Australia is estimated to have 28% of the world’s EDR of iron ore and ranked first in the world ahead of Russia (14%) with Brazil and China close behind.
Lead, Zinc and Silver
Australia is estimated to have 40% of the world’s EDR of lead, 31% of the world’s EDR of Zinc and 15% of the world’s EDR of silver.
Australia is estimated to have 24% of the world’s EDR of nickel and ranked first in the world ahead of New Caledonia, Brazil and Russia.
Australia is estimated to have 30% of the world's uranium at a recoverable cost of less than US$130/kg and ranked first in the world ahead of Niger, Canada and Kazakhstan.