Discovering Alberta’s Mineral Resources
Mineral resources are solid, naturally occurring materials with economic value, excluding fossil fuels. Alberta contains an abundance of mineral resources. Some of the minerals have a long history of production. Salt was extracted from saline spring deposits in northeastern Alberta as far back as 1820. In 2018, Alberta’s top three mineral products by value were aggregate (sand and gravel), sulphur, and silica sand whereas by tonnage they were aggregate, sulphur, and limestone. Our province also has exploration opportunities for a wider array of minerals such as diamonds, lithium, and uranium. We create and provide data and information resources related to minerals. Examples of these resources include mineral core and rock samples, maps and interactive applications, commodity reports, and digital datasets.