Table 4: World Rankings

TABLE 4. World Rankings of Australia's major mineral resources and production as at December 2016

 World Ranking for Resources
% of World ResourcesWorld Ranking for Production % of World Production
Antimony 4 9 4 4
Bauxite 2 22 1 31
Black Coal 4 10 4 7
Brown Coal 2 24 5 6
Chromium n.a. n.a. 0 0
Cobalt 2 14 5 4
Copper 2 12 5 5
Diamond (ind.) 3 18 2 24
Flourine minor minor 0 0
Gold 1 17 2 9
IImenite 2 19 3 13
Iron Ore 1 29 1 38
Lead 1 40 2 9
Lithium 3 18 unknown unknown
Magnesite 5 4 8 2
Manganese Ore 4 13 4 9
Molybdenum 7 1 0 0
Nickel 1 24 5 9
Niobium 2 6 0 0
Oil shale n.a. 0 0 0
Phosphate 10 2 minor minor
PGEs minor minor minor minor
Potash minor 2 0 0
Rare Earths 6 3 2 11
Rutile 1 42 1 50
Silver 2 16 5 5
Tantalum 1 unknown unknown unknown
Thorium 2 unknown 0 0
Tin 4 1072
Tungsten 2 12 minor minor
Uranium 1 29 3 10
Vanadium 4 11 0 0
Zinc 1 28 3 7
Zircon 1 67 1 31

n.a. = not applicable

Sources:

USGS (Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017), OECD Nuclear Energy Agency/International Atomic Energy Agency (The Red Book 2016), World Nuclear Association (World Uranium Mining Production, July 2017 update), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany (Energy Study 2016) and Geoscience Australia.