Edward H. Boyle is the analyst in the US Bureau of Mines' Division of Minerals Availability responsible for the engineering and financial evaluation of all silver mines, and is the principal author of the Bureau's Silver Availability Assessment Information Circular.
Worldwide Availability of Silver
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
1986 United Nations
Natural Resources Forum
Volume 10, Issue 4, pages 331–342, November 1986
How to Cite
BOYLE, E. H., FRASER, S. J. and REESE, R. G. (1986), Worldwide Availability of Silver. Natural Resources Forum, 10: 331–342. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-8947.1986.tb00097.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
This article summarizes and interprets estimates, by the US Bureau of Mines and others, of the availability of silver from primary and secondary sources in market economy countries. Despite conservative measurements, ample silver to support expansion of its use in industrial applications was found to exist. Supply from only portions of this resource base can be expected to respond to changes in silver demand, because factors other than price are the major determinant of the flow of silver from large segments of its resource base.