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The Economic Importance of Mineral Resources: An Applied Geographic Study of Silica Sand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Auther : Dr. Sharefa Bint M. Alqahtani

     This study focuses on the production of silica sand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the light of the Kingdom>s industrialization strategies and policies, which are aimed at the diversification of income sources and widening of production fields in the context of the consecutive development plans during the period 1390 ہ 1430 AH.

     Silica sand procession/ production is considered as an indicator for evaluating the range of success and applying a series of government strategies, on the top of, is the strategy of utilization of the local resources, adopted by a number of development plans, through encouraging local and foreign private sector investment, and exploring and developing unexploited mineral resources.

     Silica sand production, among 33 unexploited industrial minerals on the soil of the Kingdom, needs to be carefully studied. The intended study highlights the importance of the product, its production stages, and the geographical distribution of location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

     The economic value of silica sand will also be tackled through concentrating on its study as one of the industrial factors of development with the purpose of becoming less dependant on importation and even planning for its exportation in the future. Figures prove that the Kingdom>s production of silica sand the year 1427 has amounted to 600000 tons.

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