By Harold A. Taylor, Jr. - USGS
Projected demand for dimension granite totaled 1.5 million tons for the year 2000. Demand for dimension marble totaled 450,000 tons for the year 2000. Demand for dimension limestone totaled 550,000 tons for the year 2000, while demand for slate should be 40,000 tons in the year 2000. This relatively slow rate reflects a major drop in the market,Marble - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,U.S. dimension marble demand is about 1.3 million tons. The DSAN World Demand for (finished) Marble Index has shown a growth of 12% annually for the 2000–2006 period, compared to 10.5% annually for the 2000–2005 period. The largest dimension marble application is tile. Pakistan is one of the largest marble exporters of the world  with,Global Coal Consumption Rising Despite Deep U.S. Cuts,,U.S. coal production fell by 125 million tons during the past 10 years, a 21.5 percent drop. Domestic production now stands at 455.2 million tons annually. But during that same period, China boosted its production by 585.3 million tons (47.1 percent), for a total of 1.83 billion.