Geography

Mining in Brazil


Brazil occupies an excellent position among the largest mineral explorers in the world.

This achievement was due to the rich Brazilian subsoil and the growth of modern mining in our country in recent decades.

Main ores mined in Brazil

Ore Type Annual production benefited (in tons) - Values ​​according to DNPM www.dnpm.gov.br Production Characteristics
Iron

Hematite Iron Ore
318 million - 2nd world producer It is the most explored ore and also the most exported by Brazil. Its deposits are concentrated, mainly in the Quadrilátero Ferrífero, located in Minas Gerais, in the Serra dos Carajás, in Pará and in the Urucum massif, in Mato Grosso do Sul. Iron is extremely important, as it is the main raw material for the production of steel.
Bauxite
(aluminum)
22 million - 2nd world producer The main bauxite deposit is found in the Oriximiná mountain range in Pará. Bauxite is the ore from which aluminum is extracted, which is widely used in the manufacture of household appliances, electrical materials and also in construction, as it is a stainless material. .
Manganese
3 million - 1st world producer The main manganese deposits are located in the Carajás mountain range (Iron Quadrangle) and in the Urucum massif. Almost half of Brazilian production is exported. mainly to the United States, Japan and Europe. Manganese is used in the manufacture of various chemicals and steel.
Niobium
105 thousand - 1st world producer Much of the niobium exploited in Brazil comes from the states of minas Gerais and Goiás. This element is fundamental in the manufacture of high-tech machinery and equipment such as aircraft turbines, medical diagnostic devices such as magnetic resonance imaging and supercomputers.