|Total Mining Freshwater Withdrawls, 2000|
|Source: U.S. Geological Survey|
The geographic distribution of total, total freshwater, and total saline-water withdrawals is shown. Texas, Minnesota, and Wyoming accounted for 46 percent of the total withdrawals for mining. Iron ore mining in Minnesota, sand and gravel operations in Nebraska, and sand operations in New Jersey accounted for the largest fresh surface-water withdrawals. Gas and oil operations in Alaska, California, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming were responsible for the large saline ground-water withdrawals in those States. Mineral salt extraction from the Great Salt Lake in Utah accounted for the largest saline surface-water withdrawals in the United States.
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