West Virginia Mineral Industries - Sand and Gravel

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sand and gravel deposit The State's principal commercial sand and gravel deposits occur in and along the Ohio River. Commercial extraction is from dredging the river channel and land-based operations on the river terraces. Deposits of limited extent and quality occur along streams in other parts of the State, however production there is generally small and intermittent.

Recent production has generally ranged between 1,500,000 and 2,500,000 tons per year, down significantly from the 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 tons produced during the late 1960s and early 1970s. These earlier production levels were a result of increased demand for sand and gravel for use in concrete for major interstate highway and lock-and-dam projects under construction at that time.

(adapted from a compilation by Hobart M. King and Claudette M. Simard, updated September 1996)

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