mining industry in Thailand is dominated by tin. However, with
later developments, the output of other minerals such as fluorite,
gypsum and lignite has become more prominent. In addition,
significant increases in the output of a number of other minerals
such as iron, antimony, manganese and lead have been achieved.
During the Third Five-Year Plan (1972-1976), new mineral deposits
were found and output expanded to include tungsten (wolfram and
scheelite), barite and zinc. The value of zinc production rose
from 377.4 million baht in 1984 to 1974 million baht in 1993.
Mineral output in Thailand to a significant extent depends on
foreign demand as domestic consumption remains low.
the past decade, the mining sector expanded slowly. Its share in
the total Gross Domestic Product remained fairely stable at about
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