Brazil has considerable mineral deposits and globally is one of the largest producer and exporter of minerals. Brazil was the second largest producer of iron ore in the world after China in 2012 and contributed 17.0% to the global production of iron ore. In 2011, the main minerals that were exported from the country included iron ore, gold, niobium and aluminum. The mining industry of Brazil contributed 4.5% to its GDP in 2011 which amounted to USD ~ million.
The country has one of the largest reserves for the minerals such as niobium, tantalite, manganese, iron ore, bauxite and for other minerals. With 98.0% of the world’s total reserves for niobium, Brazil comprised of the largest reserves for niobium globally in 2012. Brazil had the second largest reserves for kaolin and constituted for about 28.0% of the world’s total reserves for kaolin in the same year. The country held the third largest reserves for tin in 2012.
Brazil has significant mineral deposits which are spread across different regions in the country. Brazil is rich in minerals such as bauxite, copper, iron ore, tin coal, gold and other commodities. Major minerals such as gold and iron ore are concentrated in the states of Minas Gerais and Para in Brazil.
The Amazon basin in Brazil is concentrated with large amount of Kaolin. Carajas region consist of one of the world’s largest iron ore producing mine which is owned by Vale. The Carajas mine is located in the state of Para in the Carajas Mountains in northeastern Brazil. The Bahia region in Brazil is rich in minerals such as bauxite, iron, vanadium, nickel and chromium.
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