MINING is the third-largest industry in BC in dollar value after the FOREST INDUSTRY and TOURISM. In 2010 mineral output was worth $7.9 billion in revenue (excluding petroleum and natural gas; see OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY). Net COAL revenues were $3.4 billion; COPPER revenues $1.4 billion; GOLD revenues $224 million; ZINC revenues $755 million; SILVER $416 million. There were 18 producing mines in the province, down from 30 major mines in operation at the beginning of the 1990s, but exploration was...

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