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8:15 Brent Means
10:10 James J. Gusek
12:40 Jonathan M. Dietz
2:15 Kimberly R. Weaver
4:00 Brent Means

8:45 Robert Kleinmann
9:15 Brent Means
9:30 James J. Gusek
10:00 Glenn C. Miller
10:30 Linda Ann Figueroa
12:40 Art Rose
1:10 Charles A. Cravotta III
1:40 Danielle M C Huminicki
2:50 Bernard Aube
3:20 Timothy K. Tsukamoto
3:50 Bradley R. Shultz
4:20 Kimberly R. Weaver


8:00 Linda Ann Figueroa
8:30 John Senko
9:00 Song Jin
10:10 Jonathan M. Dietz
10:40 Daryle H. Fish
12:40 John Chermak
1:10 Griff Wyatt
1:40 Dan Mueller
2:50 Sean C. Muller
3:20 Jack Adams
3:50 Roger Bason
3:50 Mark B. Carew

8:00 Rep. John E. Peterson
8:30 Scott Sibley
9:00 Charles A. Cravotta III
9:30 Michael R. Silsbee
10:30 Lykourgos Iordanidis
11:00 Mark Conedera
11:30 Barry Scheetz
1:25 William Benusa
1:55 Mike Sawayda
2:25 Susan J. Tewalt
3:25 Robert S. Hedin
3:55 Chad J. Penn

4:25 Ron Neufeld

Thursday 8:30 Scott F. Sibley, US Geological Survey

Market Trends in Metals Supply and Demand - Recent Rises in Metal Prices


Scott F. Sibley, Chief, Metals Section
Minerals Information Team
U.S. Geological Survey
989 National Center
Reston, VA 20192


With the dramatic rises in metal prices in 2004, spanning nearly the full spectrum of metals sold commercially, questions have arisen about the causes of these increases. The basic supply of metals is discussed, and the various reasons for metal price rises, for the purpose of identifying the most important causes of these relatively high price levels. Some examples of historical demand and price trends are given for aluminum, manganese, and iron ore, along with specific examples of trends in aluminum, steel, and iron ore in China. Suggestions of possible outlets for recovered metal-bearing material from mine water drainage are also given.



Scott F. Sibley has spent his entire career of more than 30 years with the U.S. Government in the minerals information field, working first at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, specializing in cobalt and nickel, and serving in a supervisory capacity in the ferrous metals area. When the Bureau of Mines was closed by Congress in 1996, the minerals information function was transferred to the U.S. Geological Survey, and he continued supervision of ferrous metals specialists, becoming Chief of the Metals Section, Minerals Information Team, in 2004. Mr. Sibley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Principia College in Illinois and a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.