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Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Location: Mandarin Wok, 21800 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA
Time: 5:30 p.m. - Social Hour;
7:00 p.m. – Dinner;
8:00 p.m. – Presentation

Cost: $20 per person with reservations, $25 at the door.
Reservations: Call (949) 253-5924 ext. 564, or email Brian Villalobos, by
12:00 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2003

SPEAKER: Tom Anderson
TITLE: Mineral Resource Scarcity Confronting the Construction Industry
in California


In many areas of California there is scarcity of a number of mineral-based materials that are critical to the construction industry. It includes: construction-grade aggregates, raw material ingredients for making cement and dolomite for stucco. Southern California and the San Francisco Bay area are already feeling the effects of these shortages. Major factors responsible for these shortages include:
• Poorly conceived laws and regulations promulgated by all levels of government – federal, state and local jurisdictions.
• Local objections to mining and processing plants.
• Urbanization and land uses incompatible with mineral extraction and processing.
• Failure of the mining industry to undertake exploration for new mineral deposits to replace those being depleted.
Each of these factors will be analyzed , and remedies proposed to address the shortages.


Tom Anderson, headquartered in Vancouver, WA, is a consulting economic geologist who provides a variety of professional services related to the minerals industry. He received a B.S. degree in geology from Ohio State University and M.S. degree in geology from California State University, Northridge He established his consulting practice after serving over 14 years with the California Division of Mines and Geology where he was senior geologist and program manager for a number of mineral surveys that included:
• The first regional inventory within the United States for availability of construction grade aggregates as a supply source for a major urbanizing area – the greater Los Angeles area encompassing all or portions of 5 southern California counties.
• Development of genetic models for occurrence of a variety of non-metallic mineral deposits.
• A regional mineral survey covering 25 million acres in the California desert area.
• A regional mineral survey of the mother lode gold-copper belt encompassing the foothill region of the western Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Prior to joining the Division of Mines and Geology, he spent several years with Global Marine Inc. in world-wide exploration for tin, heavy mineral beach sands, phosphorite, barite, gold and nickel. His earlier career activity included serving as a mine geologist in exploration and development of a major copper ore body for Mt. Isa Mines, Ltd. In Queensland, Australia and as an exploration geologist working in remote areas of northwestern Queensland and the Northern Territory. Prior to going abroad, he was employed by Anaconda Copper Mining Company at their copper mines in Butte, Montana. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, the Geological Society of America and the Mineralogical Society of America.