Colorado's Mineral Resources
Colorado is rich in mineral resources. The book, Minerals of Colorado, lists 774 different minerals found within the state.
Revenues generated from the mineral industry totaled about $3 billion in 2008. The biggest contributors to this revenue were molybdenum ($1.2 billion), coal ($887 million), sand and gravel ($286 million), uranium ($16 million), industrial minerals ($317 million), and gold ($224 million).
For more information on Colorado's mineral industries, view our Annual Mineral and Energy Activity Reports.
Did You Know?
Mineral elements provide the color in fireworks. Barium produces bright greens; strontium yields deep reds; copper produces blues; and sodium yields yellow. Other colors can be made by mixing elements; strontium and sodium produce brilliant orange; titanium, zirconium, and magnesium alloys make silvery white; copper and strontium make lavender. Gold sparks are produced by iron filings and small pieces of charcoal. Bright flashes and loud bangs come from aluminum powder. Source: Behre Dolbear