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Main Title Phosphates: a case study of a valuable, depleting mineral in America: report to the Congress [electronic resource]
CORP Author United States. General Accounting Office.
Publisher U.S. General Accounting Office,
Year Published 1979
OCLC Number 05923678
Subjects Phosphates--United States
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EMAD  GAO/EMD-80-21 (Internet only) Region 6 Library/Dallas,TX 07/22/2010
Collation viii, 71 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Cover title. "EMD-80-21." "B-114812."
Contents Notes
This report discusses the many problems and long leadtimes involved in phosphate development in the United States, world's largest producer of phosphates. Phosphate rock is the only known practical source of phosphorus, crucial to fertilizer used in agriculture. Over the next two decades the richest U.S. phosphate deposits are likely to be depleted. There is cause for concern as to how new sources may be developed to meet the Nation's growing agricultural needs. GAO recommends that the highest levels of Government begin promptly an assessment of access impediments to phosphate minerals and review of the Nation's long-range phosphate position regarding future availability, including legislative changes as may be needed to ensure supply.